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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


DER YIDDISH-VINKL March 28, 2003

Morris Rosenfeld (1862-1923) was known as “the sweatshop poet.” With the sewing machine providing a whirring obbligato, he sat at his station composing verse about the life of the worker in the apparel industry — his life in the shop and his life at home. On the occasion of Rosenfeld’s 80th yahrzeit, the Forverts devoted its pageRead More


Those Who Make a Way for Others

By Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky

This week’s Torah reading, Tzav, offers a deluge of detail about the priests, their investiture into God’s priesthood and their offerings on behalf of the people of Israel. The portion ends with the reminder of the faithfulness of God’s chosen leadership, “And Aaron and his sons did all the things that God had commanded by the handRead More


Day School Nabs Potty Prize For Beautiful Bathroom

By Gil Kaufman

The Yavneh Day School in Cincinnati likes to brag about its state-of-the-art facilities, its strong mix of secular and Jewish education and its excellence at preparing students for high school.Which is all very impressive, but tell me, how are the bathrooms?As of last week, like its students, Yavneh’s restrooms were award winning. At least theRead More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL March 21, 2003

Jewish literature had, in the days of massive Jewish immigration into the United States, many poems and songs about Christopher Columbus. The sentiments generally expressed fell into one of two categories. One ended with a “klog oyf Kolumbusn.” Others rang out with a “Lebn zol Kolombus.” It all depended on how one faredRead More


Hanging With the Gals

By Marjorie Ingall

Manhattan is the Planet of Fabulous Single Girls. All those “Sex and the City” stereotypes? True! The streets are full of kitten-heeled, ginger-saketini-drinking, cell-phone- clutching, expert-hair-color-sporting, yoga-mat-carrying chicks who get to spend hours reading the Sunday Times unmolested by toddlers chanting “Elmo! Elmo! Elmo!Read More


The Life and Times of a Broadway Baby

By Jon Kalish

‘I was born in 1911. What am I: 90? 92?” Cy Feuer asked a visitor to his Upper East Side apartment. The 92-year-old show-business veteran can be forgiven for being a little foggy on his age — he remembers plenty about his long and storied career.He spells out the tales of his life as a force on the Great White Way andRead More


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