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‘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


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


Founding Feminism: Two Looks Back at the Struggle

By Erica Brody

Susan Weidman Schneider could never have guessed what would follow when, in 1973, she accepted an invitation to lunch from Aviva Cantor, an editor at Hadassah Magazine. Even when Schneider, then a freelance writer, agreed to become involved with a new feminist magazine for Jewish women, she wouldn’t have predicted what it would mean for herself,Read More


Rock on, Baby: No Cloying Music for This Hip Kiddie

By Marjorie Ingall

Go to the children’s music section in Tower Records and let the hurling begin. (I realize I promised no mentions of vomit in this week’s column, but my editor is on vacation. Vomit, vomit, vomit. Don’t tell her.) Generally, music intended for children is perky, chipmunk-y, condescending, cloying and unlistenable for anyone old enough…Read More


Never Underestimate the Power of Good Barbecue

By Abraham Genauer

Attempted by many, perfected by few, good barbecue is hard to come by. People build lifelong attachments to a particular restaurant, and I’ve seen grown men weep at the news their favorite joint’s closed down. Don’t think me heartless if I feel no pity for them. For however elusive good barbecue may seem, believe me when I say that for theRead More





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