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The Brooklyn Derriere Dispute

By Stanley Siegelman

NEWS ITEM: The Metropolitan Transportation Authority removed a vodka ad from buses that travel through Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods after Hasidim complained. The ad showed the backside of a woman clad in a bikini.Read More


Yiddish Frowns on Gender-Nouns

By Stanley Siegelman

NEWS ITEM: Students of Yiddish in universities are taught to treat nouns as either masculine or feminine. But among Hasidim — the foremost speakers of Yiddish today — grammatical gender is largely ignored. Hasidim, for example, use di (“the”) for most nouns without respect to the noun’s gender. (Di has historically been applied only to female nouns, while the equivalent der has been used for male nouns.) As Yiddish scholar Zelda Kahan Newman recently noted in the Forward, a gap has emerged between the Yiddish that is actually spoken among Hasidim and the formal Yiddish taught in universities. She called for more attention to be paid to Yiddish as spoken by Hasidic Jews.Read More


A Down-to-Earth Dilemma

By Stanley Siegelman

NEWS ITEM: Should gentiles be excluded from burial in Jewish communal cemeteries? The question is being debated among rabbis, some of whom complain that it’s difficult to find cemeteries that will bury intermarried congregants.Read More


The Cow That Wears a Yarmulke

By Stanley Siegelman

NEWS ITEM: In Shanghai, Jews are eagerly buying kosher milk. The product comes in cartons that carry the drawing of a smiling cow wearing a yarmulke.Read More


Decline of the Jewish Deli

By Stanley Siegelman

NEWS ITEM: Jewish delis are going out of business nationwide. New York City, which boasted about 5,000 such businesses in the early 1950s, now has approximately two dozen.Read More


The Debate Over Lox

By Stanley Siegelman

NEWS ITEM: A group of ultra-Orthodox rabbis are arguing that salmon is not kosher because it may contain harmful parasites. Other rabbis have disagreed.Read More


Marijuana — Menace or Mitzvah?

By Stanley Siegelman

NEWS ITEM: Jewish groups and religious leaders — from Reform to Orthodox — are increasingly supportive of the medical use of marijuana.Read More


All-Seeing Airport Security Devices Threaten Jewish Modesty

By Stanley Siegelman

NEWS ITEM: Observant Jews are concerned over the expanding use of whole-body imaging machines for airport security.Read More


Conservative Rabbis Shape Up

By Stanley Siegelman

NEWS ITEM: The Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly is urging its 1,600 members to work out on a regular basis.Read More


The Tiger’s Tale

By Stanley Siegelman

NEWS ITEM: Golf-champ Tiger Woods has apologized for “transgressions” against his wife and family. He issued this comment after causing an early-morning auto mishap outside his mansion. Meanwhile, new reports of extra-marital affairs continue to circulate.Read More





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