The Shmooze


Mom Moves In

By Devra Ferst

Everyone has a Jewish mother horror story. Perhaps your mom set you up with an atrocious guy, made you eat chopped liver or, gasp, called you in the middle of a great date. Whatever your mother did, we’re pretty sure that Joan Rivers, Jewish mother and comedian, will top the list this year. In June, Rivers is moving in with her daughter Melissa Rivers, and Melissa’s hubby and son at their home in Los Angeles, according to New York magazine.Read More


Educators Caught Leaking Test Questions

By Nathan Burstein

It was criminal detectives who had to do the toughest problem solving on a recent math test for Israeli high school seniors.Read More


Honored Guest’s Dark Family Past

By Nathan Burstein

For the second time in less than two years, a descendant of Germany’s Nazi elite will be a guest of honor at a film festival in Israel.Read More


‘The Shiksa Incident’ Debate

By Jordana Horn

‘The Shiksa Incident” might bring to mind a potential title for an upcoming Judd Apatow flick, or a shorthand reference for a run-in with your parents about your dating situation last summer. But in 2009, it was the nickname of an event that served as the impetus behind a study that may lead to a new hate-crime law in Canada protecting, well, non-Jewish women.Read More


Comedy Central Vs. The Jews

By Jordana Horn

A video game currently available on Comedy Central’s website, featuring a character named “Jew Producer” and a killer robot named “I.S.R.A.E.L.,” is raising protests in the Jewish community.Read More


Rebbe in a Box

By Ezra Glinter

Praying by the graves of long-deceased holy men is a time-honored Jewish practice, especially on the recent holiday of Lag b’Omer, when thousands flock to the resting place of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, in Meron. But what about the Jews who are kohanim, descendants of Aharon, and are not allowed to come into contact with the dead, or even enter a cemetery?Read More


Putting the Old in Old Testament

By Nathan Burstein

Israel’s government wants to put the “old” back into the Old Testament.Read More


Resurrecting Woody

By Josh Tapper

Woody Allen has been called many things — misogynist, self-hating Jew, quintessential New Yorker — but at least one label, narcissist, can now be staked on hard material evidence. Kaliningrad, a western Russian exclave that sits between Poland and Lithuania, may soon become the home of a statue bearing Allen’s likeness. And the statue will be based on input from Allen himself.Read More


Mulching Your Already Read Forward

By Devra Ferst

Here at the Forward, we get some interesting e-mails and letters from readers. But in early May we had a first: A reader wrote in, asking how to repurpose old issues of the paper.Read More


To Infinity, and Beyond!

Oxygen? Check. Spacesuits? Check. Signed presidential statement declaring May to be Jewish American Heritage Month? NASA’s next space mission will carry that, too.Read More





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