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Talmud by Day, Reggae by Night

By Jon Kalish

At a nightclub in New York’s East Village called the Sidewalk Café, a guy known as Rav Shmuel performed on a recent Saturday night, after the Sabbath had ended. The Rav, as he is known to friends and fans, closed his set with an original composition titled “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion Are True.”“The Protocols of the Elders of ZionRead More


It’s Down Home Southern Comfort at Federation Gala

By Masha Leon

Cowboy hats, jeans on bottom and chic on top — “Southern Comfortable” — was the dress code at the February 11 UJA-Federation of New York Entertainment, Media & Communications Division bash at the Regent Wall Street Hotel. Joel Katz, the first attorney inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame and “a definitive leader…Read More


‘Charmed’ Torah Finds A New Resting Place

By Judith A. Sokoloff

Jersey City PATH station, around 1 in the morning, Sunday, a few years back. It’s quiet down in the subway — small groups of tired visitors chat as they wait for the train back to Manhattan.A young man comes flying down the stairs, sooty-faced, wild-eyed and disheveled. “Is there a Jew here?” he asks anxiously. Nobody pays attention.Read More


Check Mate: Daughters-in-Law Root of Evil

By Wendy Belzberg

My sons are both in their 30s, married and make more money than we do. When the six of us go out together for dinner, my husband and sons take turns picking up the check or agree to split it. But after a recent meal together, one of my daughters-in-law called to say she was incensed by my cheapness and my attitude. She says that parentsRead More


Sanctifying the World Trade Center Site

By Pearl Abraham

And Moses said to the people of Israel, “See, the Lord has called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah; and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability, with intelligence, with knowledge, and with all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs…. [E]very able man in whom theRead More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL February 28, 2003

Translating poetry from one language into another is always a daunting challenge. The translator must not only convey the essence of the original meaning but must also adhere to the rhymes and rhythms of the original. The task is doubly troublesome when the original material in English is a work of the Savoyards — as Gilbert and Sullivan areRead More


Anti-Folk Music: A Ballad of The Bushes

By Gus Tyler

Now Georgie Bush’s in WashingtonHe got there by a stunt he spun:His friends in court said he’s the oneAlthough he really hadn’t won.Georgie said, “I don’t feel shame,For that’s the way we play the game.There’s nothing that should make you stop,So long as you end up on top.”He said he had a lesson learnedHe said his old man had beenRead More


His Ex-Girlfriend Wants Her Expensive Gifts Back

By Wendy Belzberg

I just broke up with my girlfriend of two years. She is now asking me to return two high-priced gifts that she bought me, neither of which I had asked for. When she bought me a new computer seven months ago, our relationship was already on the rocks, and I was torn about accepting the gift. She assured me that she wanted me to have the computerRead More


The Golden Calf as a Symbol Of Desire for a Knowable God

By Raymond P. Scheindlin

‘This is your god, O Israel, who brought you out of the land of Egypt.” (Exodus 32:4)The people couldn’t have been so blind as to believe that the statue that Aaron had just made right before their eyes was their God. All the Israelites, even women, children and infants in arms, had just, unforgettably, seen God three months earlier whenRead More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL February 21, 2003

It is not often that a poem written by an Indian from ancient India is translated into Yiddish and then further translated from the Yiddish into English. But here is an exception to the rule.Rabindramath Tagore (1861-1941) wrote a poem titled “Why” in which he makes a frustrating psycho-philosophical observation. To be overly protective orRead More





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