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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


How a Teenage Mom Came To Lead Top Group for Reproductive Choice

By Lisa Keys

Gloria Feldt, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, looks every bit the executive, wearing a black turtleneck and gray print blazer and with her brown hair styled into a smart, shiny bob. She sits comfortably in her corner office, one with sweeping views of a blizzard swirling down Manhattan’s Seventh Avenue,Read More


Joe in 2004: Put a Lid on It

By Michael Weiss

It was a moment that would make any Jewish breast swell with pride: No, not Senator Joseph Lieberman entering the race for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States, but the record-breaking time it took a company to cash in on it. At joebeanie.com, you can find a white leather yarmulke for $12.95 with a ‘LiebermanRead More


Putting ‘the Rules’ In Perspective

By Gary A. Rendsburg

With this week’s Torah reading, called Mishpatim, or “Rules,” the presentation of the laws of ancient Israel formally commences. Earlier sections of the Torah have occasional laws imbedded in them, such as the law of circumcision in Genesis 17 or the laws pertaining to Pesach in Exodus 12. But these items are few in number and are directlyRead More


Getting His Heroes on Canvas

By Alana Newhouse

The figures are striking, even when they’re not. With stocky bodies, some swarthy, some pale, their thick muscles flexed, the fighters strut and glare and pose with their gloves. Their hair is greased back, their eyes focused on their opponent, the viewer. And, on many, embroidered right below the thick waistbands of their darkRead More


Weddings To Make Martha Proud

By Lisa Keys

As if finding that perfect Jewish soul mate wasn’t difficult enough, now comes the trickiest part of all: planning a Jewish wedding.Fortunately, Rita Milos Brownstein, a former art director at Good Housekeeping and House Beautiful, has created “Jewish Weddings: A Guide to Creating the Wedding of Your Dreams” (Simon and Schuster), which walksRead More


Joe in 2004: Put a Lid on It

By Michael Weiss

It was a moment that would make any Jewish breast swell with pride: No, not Senator Joseph Lieberman entering the race for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States, but the record-breaking time it took a company to cash in on it. At joebeanie.com, you can find a white leather yarmulke for $12.95 with a ‘LiebermanRead More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL January 31, 2003

In the edition of the Forverts on the occasion of the New Year of 2003, the “Pearls of Yiddish Poetry” page ran four poems by four famous Jewish poets: Morris Rosenfeld, Abraham Liesen, Avrom Reisen and David Einhorn. What follows is an excerpt from an Einhorn poem, transliterated by Gus Tyler with a free verse translation by Joe HitovRead More


In Spain, Inquisitors Tracked Conversos by Their Foodways

This is the second column in a three-part series on the Jews of Spain. Like all golden ages, the Golden Age of Spain would not last long. In the 12th century, the tolerant caliphs of Córdoba were overthrown by the Almohades, a fanatical Muslim tribe from North Africa. Facing the prospect of forced conversions, many Jews fledRead More


Sometimes a Gift Is Just a Gift — or Is It?

By Max Gross

What does it mean when your mother gives you a pair of Freudian Slippers? Is she trying to tell you something? If your son gives you a Freud tie, is he alleviating castration anxiety?Sometimes a gift is just a gift, even if that gift bares the bearded, bespectacled face of Sigmund Freud. Here’s something to ponder as you tap intoRead More





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