Slate’s Allison Benedikt writes that L.A. native Max Steinberg, killed during fighting with Gaza, was brainwashed by Birthright. Elissa Strauss says that’s untrue — and dishonors his memory.
Jewish comedian, Jenny Slate, plays the leading role in “Obvious Child,” a romantic comedy that depicts the experience of abortion in an unusual way.
It seems that each culture has its own way of saying bye at the end of an evening. Elissa Strauss defends the ‘Jewish goodbye.’
“[It] looks like something swiped from Rudy Giuliani’s presidential campaign press shop circa January 2008,” Seth Colter Walls wrote in a July 21 piece for Slate about the cover for Minimalist composer Steve Reich’s “WTC 9/11.”
On September 7, the online magazine Slate published an article titled “Will the Great American Rabbi Please Stand Up?” which argued that, in the words of its author, Shmuel Rosner, “great American rabbis seem to be a thing of the past.” Indeed, the article surmises that “Jewish America seems to have lost its chance to foster home-grown rabbinical sages.” We were curious just how many people would agree with Rosner’s assessment of the state of Jewish America today. The Forward asked rabbis, authors and scholars to weigh in on the article. Here’s what some of them had to say: