By Micah Kelber
Eat, Drink + Think
What’s a Mensch Doing on ‘Iron Chef’?
This Sunday night, rising star chef and member of the tribe Micah Wexler will face off against Master Chef Bobby Flay on The Food Network’s “Iron Chef”. We caught up with the popular L.A.-based chef to get some cooking and restaurant advice, a recipe for pomegranate brisket and to find out if he really will…
Going Talmudic on Lance Armstrong
If the accusations are true, it’s hard to defend Lance Armstrong. He is accused, with supporting testimony by those close to him, of engaging in a systematic campaign to cheat in order to win cycling races, including seven Tours de France. The allegations are that he used performance enhancing drugs and evaded testing by those…
Do Jews Win the Anxiety Sweepstakes?
Dan Smith’s second book, “Monkey Mind,” is a warm and painful look into his life-long struggle with anxiety and paradox. The same dogged interrogation of his psyche which antagonizes and often undermines him is redirected here in service of understanding and healing. What results is a patient, emotional and often funny catalogue of how he…
From ‘Chip ’n Dale’ to ‘Assassin’s Creed’
This year, the Writers Guild of America bestowed upon Aaron Sorkin, Matthew Weiner and Jeffrey Yohalem its 2011 head writer awards: Sorkin for the film “The Social Network,” Weiner and for the AMC series “Mad Men” and Yohalem for the video game “Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood.” Grasping his winged statue, Yohalem had come a long way…
Small Nations Stick Together at the Israeli Jazz Festival
So, what was a non-Jewish, non-Israeli Cuban doing organizing the NYC Israeli Jazz Festival, anyway? “Someone had to do it,” said Roberto Rodriguez who composes, leads and plays drums for the Cuban Jewish All-Stars. After 20 shows and over 1000 people passing through the doors at John Zorn’s non-profit jazz space The Stone last week,…
Holding Leaders Accountable for Kotel Violence Against Women
These days, we’re hearing about more ultra-Orthodox men who are turning to increasingly hateful tactics to prevent women from praying as they wish on their side of the Western Wall’s mechitza. Recently, they hurled chairs over the divider, even before the women had a chance to begin their davening. Once the police were called, the…
Gate to Identity
A Gate at the Stairs By Lorrie Moore 322 pp. Alfred A. Knopf. $25.95 In Lorrie Moore’s profound novel, “A Gate at the Stairs,” Gail, the Jewish mother of the half-Jewish protagonist Tassie, metaphorically sits in the dark. She doesn’t loom or pace, or hover and we never learn too much about her, but her…
We Will Not Stop Dancing
Last August a gunman entered the Aguda building in Tel Aviv and opened fire on the crowd at Bar Noar, a safe space for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth. He killed two and wounded a number of others before escaping without trace or identification. Two of the wounded, 15-year-old “Alef” and 19-year-old “Yud” (names…
‘Whose religious freedom?’: Scenes from a Jewish rally for abortion rights
New York Voices
99 years ago, she was born on the Lower East Side (and she still remembers everything)
Is Elon Musk Jewish?
The Buffalo shooter blamed his problems on the Jews. Tucker Carlson’s response will only make things worse
In Case You Missed It
איינער האָט געשריבן פּאָפּולערע וויסנשאַפֿט־ביכער; דער צווייטער — ייִדישע פּיעסעסOne wrote popular science books, the other – Yiddish playsדי ברידער יעקבֿ און יוסף פּערלמאַן, ביידע באַקאַנטע שרײַבער, האָבן געשריבן אויף גאָר אַנדערע סטילן
When it comes to gun control, why can’t the U.S. be more like Israel?
Israeli military likely killed Palestinian journalist, AP and CNN conclude
America’s silent epidemic