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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


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


A Screening Room of His Own

By Aliza Phillips

As the sun sets on the second day — and first Friday — of the Sundance Film Festival, movie stars, producers and directors alike can head out to screenings or any number of by-invitation-only soirees to mingle with the rich, the famous and the beautiful. Or they can wander over to Temple Har Shalom, home of SchmoozeDance 2003.Unless you’veRead More


Arab-Jew Duo Perform a ‘Prayer’ for Peace on Piano

By Masha Leon

On January 5, two Palestinian homicide bombers blew themselves up in Tel Aviv, killing 22 and maiming more than 100. Two days later, on January 7 at Steinway Hall in Manhattan, Charlotte White’s Salon De Virtuosi presented the “Palestinian-Israeli Two Piano Team” of Saleem Aboud Ashkar and Shai Wosner in a program…Read More


Husband Losing Track of the Present While Prosecuting the Past

By Wendy Belzberg

Several years ago a car plowed into our front yard, destroying our porch and killing one of our dogs. My husband has been attempting to sue the driver ever since. His regular conversations with lawyers, insurance companies and even private detectives are draining our finances and taking a heavy emotional toll on our relationship. I haveRead More





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  • 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?
  • Should couples sign a pre-pregnancy contract, outlining how caring for the infant will be equally divided between the two parties involved? Just think of it as a ketubah for expectant parents:
  • Many #Israelis can't make it to bomb shelters in time. One of them is Amos Oz.
  • According to Israeli professor Mordechai Kedar, “the only thing that can deter terrorists, like those who kidnapped the children and killed them, is the knowledge that their sister or their mother will be raped."
  • Why does ultra-Orthodox group Agudath Israel of America receive its largest donation from the majority owners of Walmart? Find out here: http://jd.fo/q4XfI
  • Woody Allen on the situation in #Gaza: It's “a terrible, tragic thing. Innocent lives are lost left and right, and it’s a horrible situation that eventually has to right itself.”
  • "Mark your calendars: It was on Sunday, July 20, that the momentum turned against Israel." J.J. Goldberg's latest analysis on Israel's ground operation in Gaza:
  • What do you think?
  • "To everyone who is reading this article and saying, “Yes, but… Hamas,” I would ask you to just stop with the “buts.” Take a single moment and allow yourself to feel this tremendous loss. Lay down your arms and grieve for the children of Gaza."
  • Professor Dan Markel, 41 years old, was found shot and killed in his Tallahassee home on Friday. Jay Michaelson can't explain the death, just grieve for it.
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  • Why are peace activists getting beat up in Tel Aviv? http://jd.fo/s4YsG
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