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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


Shower Me With Gyminis

By Marjorie Ingall

Baby showers are goyish. I’m sorry, they just are, like mayonnaise, St. Barts and baton-twirling. I say this despite the fact that legions of Jews (me included) are having them.In the past, showers were a no-no because they tempted the ayin hara, the evil eye. Not only were you not supposed to bring any baby stuff into your house before the baby…Read More


A Gleaming Night at the Jewelers’ Gala; Siggi Memories

By Masha Leon

“Every day of my life, I bless America for giving me the freedom I enjoy,” said Gedalio “Gerry” Grinberg, chairman of the Movado Group and recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the January 10 Jewelry Information Center’s inaugural Gem Award gala.Emceed by “Inside Edition” anchor Deborah Norville, the 700 black-tie guests…Read More


The Fidelity of In-laws

By Joan Leegant

When is an in-law not just an in-law? Henny Youngman jokes aside, there are times when a mother-in-law or father-in-law takes on the role of guide, mentor, comforter, surrogate parent. It’s a role not exclusive to in-laws, of course. Haven’t we all had times when a teacher or a youth leader or a friend’s mother stepped forth and filled thoseRead More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL January 24, 2003

Poverty! How does one sing a lullaby to an infant born in poverty, living in poverty and growing up in poverty? The answer, according to some Yiddish lullabies, is to enlist the powers of love. One such fireside song at dusk is “In an Orem Shtibele,” a work popular during the 1930s with words by Moyshe Korman (1884-1928) and music by MichlRead More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL January 17, 2003

The old rhyme on Jewish sobriety and gentile inebriety says: Shiker iz a goy, shiker iz er, trinkn miz er, vayl er iz a goy. Nikhter iz a yid. Nikhter iz er, davnen miz er, vayl er iz a yid. Despite this characterization of the different drinking habits of Jews and non-Jews, the number of drinking songs popular in Jewish folk culture is hardly theRead More


Field of Dreams

By Lisa Keys

His birth certificate may say Daron Joffe, but to his friends, family and students, he’s known as “Farmer D.”At 26, Joffe has an impressive seven years of organic soil ground into the treads of his well-worn boots (metaphorically speaking). But it was only recently, he said, that he discovered the symbiotic relationship between his twoRead More


Jewish Films To Watch at Sundance

By Jade Chang

The Sundance Legend has become as much a part of Hollywood lore as the Lana Turner at Schwabs story: An upstart with a vision maxes out four credit cards, borrows his neighbor’s movie camera, makes an independent film, takes it to the Sundance Film Festival, sells it to a distributor and makes a million.Andrew Jarecki brings to this year’sRead More


On Holiday, Say Sew-Long to Cold

By Jennifer Traig

Thanks to those committed to saving the earth, Tu B’Shvat is now often celebrated with environmentally conscious Seders along with letter-writing campaigns and other ecology-minded activities. The holiday marks the first signs of spring, as the sap begins to rise in Israel’s trees. And while spring might be right around the corner in theRead More





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