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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


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


Make New Friends, But Maintain Old Connections

By Wendy Belzberg

I have an old friend from high school who calls periodically to get together. Over the past 20 years we have drifted apart and have nothing left in common but our past. I don’t have enough time in my life to spend with the people who are important to me, but since I don’t want to hurt her feelings, I agree to meet. When we areRead 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


DER YIDDISH-VINKL March 14, 2003

The word “hamantashen,” which makes its distinguished appearance at Purim time, cannot be translated into English. The word refers to Haman, the evil pre-Hitler Hitler who wished to wipe out the Jews of ancient Persia. The word “tashn” means pockets. The combined word refers to a delicacy served at Purim in which dough is shaped as aRead More


Shmoozing the Dharma, Davening on the Sly

By Moshe Waldoks

While fierce February winds howled outside as another week of winter’s deep freeze began, inside a meditation hall in Barre, Mass., 100 people sat silently, many wrapped in blankets. Some cross-legged and others in chairs were part of a weeklong silent metta retreat hosted by the Insight Meditation Society, based inRead More


On Purim, Dress Up, Drink Up and Be Merry

Jews are not big drinkers. Maybe it’s because kishke and cocktails don’t mix. Maybe it’s because we’re too neurotic to kick back with a six-pack. Or maybe it’s because we know our mothers would kill us if we made a drunken spectacle of ourselves. Whatever the reason, many Jews will choose milk over a martini every time. But on Purim thatRead More


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