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Recalling the Golden Days of Spain

This is the first in a three-part series. * * *Every American schoolchild has learned the rhyme, “In 1492/ Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” It’s too often forgotten that this was the very same year in which Columbus’s patrons, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, issued an edict expelling all Jews from Spain. Before the year was outRead More


Is America Ready for Sarah Silverman?

By David Thorpe

‘Most walkouts have been Jews, older Jews, and that’s understandable,” comedian Sarah Silverman said about her audiences. “I have a ton of Holocaust stuff, and some of it is really hard core.”“Hard core” is a good term for Silverman’s comedy. This controversial 32-year-old performer specializes in edgy jokes about race and sex asRead More


When Miami Beach Was Hot, Hot, Hot

THE WONDERS OF AMERICAAs the temperature dips, many of us set our sights on the Bahamas or the Virgin Islands or the Turks and Caicos, whose gentle climes and abundant sunshine promise a respite from the dreariness of winter. Our grandparents and great-grandparents set theirs on Miami Beach, whose population grew by leaps and bounds in the yearsRead More


Father Needs More Patience

By Wendy Belzberg

I am a full-time mother with three children under the age of 8. Like all children, mine are masters at testing my patience and pushing my buttons. Still, I manage to hold it together. I don’t often lose my temper, but when I do I am able to apologize to my kids and move on. My husband, on the other hand, spends two full days a weekRead More


It Was Gnats, for Crying Out Loud

By Jeffrey Fiskin

And the Lord said unto Moses: ‘Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh; lo, he cometh forth to the water, and say unto him….

— Exodus 8:16

The banks of the Nile. Pharaoh raises his hands in benediction to bless the Nile. Moses steps from the rushes. Moses: ’Morning.Pharaoh:Crikey, you scared me. How comeRead More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL January 3, 2003

Eliezer Steinbarg (1880-1932) was a Yiddish Aesop in poetic form. And, as in the case of Aesop’s fables, the meaning of his allegories is as much dependent on the reader as on the writer. His contemporaries thought highly of him. One of them, the famous Hayyim Nahman Bialik, wrote: “Each fable has its own charm and magic. SteinbargRead More





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