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Mom’s Seder: The Next Generation

By Marjorie Ingall

My parents sold their house, my childhood home. (I have issues about this, but I’ll deal with them in therapy rather than in this column.) Their new apartment is large enough to hold a brisket and a large matzo ball, but not simultaneously. So this year, Jonathan and I are hosting Passover for the first time.It’s a big deal. It’s a bigRead More


Wishing for Cultural Ties To Keep U.S., French Allied

By Masha Leon

French champagne and canapés greeted arrivals at the March 19 “Sounds French: A Festival of New Music from France” reception at the Fifth Avenue headquarters of the French Embassy’s Cultural Services. The evening celebrated the month-long series of performances of works by French composers at New York City concert halls.Read More


Culture Clash Begets Funereal Family Drama

By Wendy Belzberg

Last month when my mother died I followed her wishes for a funeral with a minimum of fuss and religious ritual. I arranged for a graveside service with a Reform rabbi and requested that only immediate family attend. I was aghast when an Orthodox cousin whom I had not seen in 40 years showed up and proceeded to shovel earth into myRead More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL April 4, 2003

December, inaugurating the world’s first entirely kosher Caribbean cruise. While in recent years, more and more cruise ships have specialized in trips offering frozen glatt kosher food or a separate kosher dining room, Shollar’s Chosen Voyage is to be the first luxury ship to be made entirely kosher, from bow to stern. For five weeksRead More


‘Living Letters’: Tai Chi Meets the Aleph-Bet

By Alana Newhouse

If I stood with my heels together, distributed my weight evenly and curved my arms slightly at my sides with my palms facing backward, I would be starting to shape myself in the tai chi equivalent form of an aleph, the first letter of my Hebrew name.I would also be practicing Otiyot Khayyot, or Living Letters, the latest effortRead More


Duo Raps Story of Job, Embattled Record Exec

By Anya Kamenetz

MC Cain and MC Abel, unlike their biblical namesakes, get along famously.The young MCs, aka Jerome Saibil and Eli Batalion, have a two-man show, “Job: The Hip-Hop Musical,” which makes its New York premiere March 30 at the Here Arts Center, after becoming a favorite of the Saint-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival and touring Canada toRead More


As Golda, Tovah Feldshuh Mothers a Nation

By Aliza Phillips

After decades in show business, Tovah Feldshuh may be ready to answer a question the Bard long ago posed: What’s in a name?The award-winning actress — currently portraying Golda Meir off-Broadway in William Gibson’s “Golda’s Balcony,” which opened this week at the Manhattan Ensemble Theater — was born not Tovah, but Terry Sue.SheRead More


Holocaust Film Scores Academy Award Upset

“The Pianist,” a film about one Jew’s survival in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation, scored a major upset when it won three Oscars on March 23.The film, adapted from a memoir by Wladyslaw Szpilman, garnered Academy Awards for director Roman Polanski, lead actor Adrien Brody and screenwriterRead More


Even Now: Daring To Make a Difference

By Karla Goldman

No matter one’s politics, the seemingly inexorable trajectory of world events has engulfed us all of late. Those opposing a U.S. assault upon Iraq have felt particularly powerless. Even those supportive of military engagement can hardly feel sanguine about the unpredictable series of events that will play themselves out in upcoming weeks andRead More


Learning To Make and Accept Judgment

By Jeff Bogursky

The priest stands with his two sons, engaged in the act of sacrifice — the aim: to propitiate divine anger and achieve the best possible conditions for his nation. Then, in an astounding act of sudden, celestial judgment, the two sons are brutally slain. The father is devastated.Why were the sons of Aaron struck down? The Torah tells us,Read More


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