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Reporters' Roundtable: Kosher Law Enforcement; Controversy Over Protester's Death

The ramifications of New York State’s decision to slash its kosher enforcement division, and the controversy over the death of a Palestinian protester, allegedly as a result of Israel’s use of tear gas are the subjects of this week’s Reporters’ Roundtable. News editor Larry Cohler-Esses and Devra Ferst, who edits the Forward’s food blog, The Jew and the Carrot, join host Josh Nathan-KazisRead More


Yid Lit: Elisa Albert

By Allison Gaudet Yarrow

They mess you up, your siblings. That’s one takeaway from a new book of essays on the subject of brothers and sisters, “Freud’s Blind Spot,” edited by Elisa Albert. In it, writers dissect what scientists call the horizontal relationships that so shape us but are often ignored.Read More


Reporters Roundtable: The Forward Fives

In the final Reporters’ Roundtable of 2010, staffers discuss the Forward’s picks for the best Jewish fiction, non-fiction, movies, music and exhibitions of the year. Arts editor Dan Friedman, arts fellow Ezra Glinter and staff writer Gal Beckerman join host Josh Nathan-Kazis.Read More


The Reporters' Roundtable: Kissinger and Kashrut

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger’s shocking remarks about the plight of Soviet Jewry, and the long-awaited rollout of new ethical kashrut standards are the subjects of this week’s podcast. Host Josh Nathan-Kazis speaks with Forward staff writer Gal Beckerman and associate editor Karen Loew.Read More


The Twersky Family Tree

By Jon Kalish

The Twersky family tree has more than 25,000 names on it, and stretches back to the early 1700s in the town of Chernobyl. The family not only boasts a legacy as a Hasidic dynasty — with the exception of a handful of Hasidic groups from Hungary, almost all Hasidic sects can trace their lineage to Twersky rabbis in Chernobyl — it has given us many prominent lawyers, doctors and academics. Yitz Twersky, an Orthodox Jew, works in the IT department of Deutsche Bank to support his wife and five kids. But his passion is working on the family tree — a project more than 20 years in the works.Read More


Reporters' Roundtable: Salary Survey

The Forward’s second annual survey of salaries in the Jewish communal workforce, and how the Jewish chairman of the Federal Communications Commission is approaching Internet regulation are the topics of this week’s Reporters’ Roundtable. Editor Jane Eisner and reporter Joy Resmovits join host Josh Nathan-Kazis.Read More


Yid Lit: Courtney Martin

By Allison Gaudet Yarrow

“Saving the world” is a loaded proposition. The children of the 1980s and ‘90s, who heard that phrase have come of age and are often called apathetic, self-absorbed and quietly glued to their screens.Read More


Reporters' Roundtable: WikiLeaks Edition

What the WikiLeaks documents say about how Gulf Arab states see the threat of a nuclear Iran, and the questions of ethics and confidentiality that the leaked diplomatic cables have brought to the fore are the subjects of this week’s Reporters’ Roundtable. Host Josh Nathan-Kazis speaks with Forward editor Jane Eisner and staff writer Gal Beckerman.Read More


Reporters' Roundtable: The Chasen Murder

Host Josh Nathan-Kazis speaks with Forward contributor Rex Weiner about the Jewish story of Ronni Chasen, a prominent Hollywood publicist who was recently murdered. Then reporter Joy Resmovits joins the conversation to discuss the Jewish job market, which is rebounding after a long period of hiring freezes.Read More


Reporters' Roundtable: In AIPAC Lawsuit, Dirty Details Emerge

The lascivious details of the defamation lawsuit filed by former AIPAC staffer Steve Rosen, and the increased scrutiny on the non-profit organization run by terror expert Steve Emerson are the subjects of this week’s Reporters’ Roundtable. In this podcast, news editor Larry Cohler-Esses and staff writer Nathan Guttman join host Josh Nathan-Kazis.Read More





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