Four figures in the Yiddish world could serve as role models for young Jews seeking alternative connections to their heritage.
“It’s not the prettiest nor happiest of sentiments, but it’s real, and it speaks to a desperate nihilism some of us cannot help but feel.”
The founders of the new cruise were inspired by the turnout at a concert of Yiddish folk music.
Kahn, whose video of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” in Yiddish has attracted over 685,000 hits, met his bride-to-be at a Jewish museum in Berlin
Shaman-journalist is still a microniche compared to singer-songwriter. That may explain why Psoy Korolenko is something of an enigma to English-speaking audiences.
October 4 was the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street, which erupted when Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists planned to march through the East End of London. Five thousand black-shirted men amassed on the border of Stepney, which at the time 60,000 Jews called home.
Courtesy of Daniel Kahn
For all of its charitable mishloach manot-giving and passive-aggressive gragger-shaking, Purim is hardly the tamest Jewish holiday. At its best (worst?) the celebration follows a sort of Bakhtinian carnivalesque disorder, with masks, public denunciations of the villain Haman and booze — lots of booze.