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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


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


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


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





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  • "It pains and shocks me to say this, but here goes: My father was right all along. He always told me, as I spouted liberal talking points at the Shabbos table and challenged his hawkish views on Israel and the Palestinians to his unending chagrin, that I would one day change my tune." Have you had a similar experience?
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  • "Woody Allen should have quit while he was ahead." Ezra Glinter's review of "Magic in the Moonlight": http://jd.fo/f4Q1Q
  • Jon Stewart responds to his critics: “Look, obviously there are many strong opinions on this. But just merely mentioning Israel or questioning in any way the effectiveness or humanity of Israel’s policies is not the same thing as being pro-Hamas.”
  • "My bat mitzvah party took place in our living room. There were only a few Jewish kids there, and only one from my Sunday school class. She sat in the corner, wearing the right clothes, asking her mom when they could go." The latest in our Promised Lands series — what state should we visit next?
  • Former Israeli National Security Advisor Yaakov Amidror: “A cease-fire will mean that anytime Hamas wants to fight it can. Occupation of Gaza will bring longer-term quiet, but the price will be very high.” What do you think?
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