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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


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


DER YIDDISH-VINKL January 10, 2003

In the closing days of 2002, the Forverts dedicated its page on Jewish poetry to Chaim Grade on the occasion of his 20th yahrzeit. Born in Vilna in 1910, he won recognition by admission to a select literary group that called itself Yung Vilna. In 1948, he came to New York. Although, Grade (pronounced grah-de) dealt withRead More





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