The 17 rabbis and leaders contacted by the Forward aren’t too excited about 4/20.
In popular culture, Israeli women are viewed as hot gun-toting warriors. In reality, says Ilana Masad, most Israeli women don’t fit the stereotype.
Any fan of the cult-hit Showtime series “Weeds” will recognize Justin Kirk as Andy, the love-him-then-hate-him-then-love-him-again Jewish brother-in-law of the show’s star matriarch, Nancy Botwin. In the show, Andy throws around Jewish jokes and stereotypes non-stop as he searches for his place in the dysfunctional drug-dealing family. (And while he might not identify as Jewish in the same way his character does, Kirk himself has Russian-Jewish roots, on his mother’s side.)
The Showtime hit dramedy, “Weeds,” returned for its eighth and final season yesterday, starting off with a bang. Literally.
You can’t really say that edgy comic David Steinberg is back, because in truth he never really left. He just wandered off in a less visible direction, behind the scenes, as a director of commercials and television shows such as “Weeds” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”
Caught in a rainstorm in Guatemala, with only chafing rain boots to tackle the wet, muddy miles ahead, Joe Gorin is about to give in to misery. Then he remembers a Buddhist practice: walking meditation. The scene begins to change as he uses this tool for enhanced awareness and thought to smooth the journey. This scene comes from Gorin’s memoir “Choose Love: A Jewish Buddhist Human Rights Activist in Central America,” and illustrates how well his spiritual practice entwined with his human rights work in 1980s Latin America. The author, who is a psychotherapist and I just call Joe, works the plot next to mine in a community garden in Northwest D.C. Joe gave me his book this spring, after I shared that I write.