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What’s Cooking, Good Looking? Newbie Chef Curries Favor

By Max Gross

On September 1, 2002, the Hapless Jewish Writer was asked to remove himself from his place of residence. That request came from his parents.And although the HJW was known to complain loudly and frequently about living with mom and dad, there was a part of him that was terrified at being cast out of his Brooklyn Heights Eden. Could he find anRead More


For Tech-pop Star ‘My Robot Friend,’ Man Is the Machine

By Lisa Keys

You could say that Howard Rigberg rocks the “computer programmer” look: He wears wire-rimmed glasses and sports a heavy backpack draped over both of his shoulders. His hair is graying. He walks with a shuffle.Ask him a simple question — how old are you? — and you realize that Rigberg is possibly more of a technophile than the averageRead More


Those Magic Moments: Saying Shehecheyanu

By Marjorie Ingall

I always worry, when I’m writing this column, that people are rolling their eyes at my narcissism. Do I act as if I’m the first person ever to have a child? Am I annoyingly convinced that everything Josie does is brilliant and adorable? Am I the literary equivalent of your neighbor who constantly forces you to look at his vacation photos?Read More


A Light Shines Brightly From ‘Miracle on 16th Street’

By Masha Leon

Designating the Center for Jewish History “The Miracle on 16th Street,” its executive director, Joshua Plaut, welcomed guests to the center’s first board of directors and board of overseers’ fundraising dinner, held December 9 at its building.“We are kvelling at the success of our partner organizations,” Plaut said, alluding to theRead More


‘The Buchur’ Seeks Woman of Valor

By Alana Newhouse

Every now and then, something genuinely funny comes through our e-mail inbox. Last week, we got “The Buchur,” a yeshiva-ized version of the hit television show “The Bachelor,” in which one smarmy single guy flits between a gaggle of girls going gaga at the chance to get engaged. The parody comes from bangitout.com, a Web site that plays onRead 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


Sportscaster Max Kellerman Pitches for the Mother Tongue

By Rukhl Schaechter

Last August, at the annual Yugntruf Youth for Yiddish retreat in Copake, N.Y., a bearded father pitched a softball to his developmentally disabled 8-year-old son, accompanying each toss with Yiddish words of encouragement. A young man with spiky hair approached the child and asked, “Vilst ikh zol dir vayzn?” (Do you want me to show you how?)Read 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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