Rather than developing ulcers about possible allusions in a Van Morrison song, why not pay attention to actual slights that have been overlooked?
Born Anne Buydens, the widow of the actor Kirk Douglas has died at the age of 102, leaving behind a legacy of charity and activism.
George Gershwin wrote a song about it, Eddie Cantor sang about it, and some Jews still believe mahjong is an Eastern European shtetl game.
In “Hybrid Hate,” British historian Tudor Parfitt talks about the coexistence of antisemitism and anti-Black racism.
Julien Koenig created the “Think Small” ad campaign for the VW Beetle and invented Earth Day.
The former vice-president who helped to orchestrate the Camp David Accords between Egypt and Israel has died at the age of 93.
In 1867’s “Flowers of Evil,” the French poet described spending a night laying beside “a frightful Jewish woman.”
Though Aladdin, Sindband and Ali Baba were not Jewish, there were many Jewish characters in ‘1001 Nights’ (and many Jewish readers as well).
“I didn’t change my name because I don’t think George Segal is an unwieldy name. It’s a Jewish name, but not unwieldy,” Segal once said.
Physician, translator, former president of the Forward Association, vice-president of the Folksbiene, Barnett Zumoff has died at the age of 94.