Browsing Archive

February, 2011


Writing My Religion

By On February 28, 2011

People who make the best CD mixes are really good at weaving disparate things together. The songs can be dissimilar, different genres, singers that sound nothing alike. On a good mix, however,… Read More


Laughing at Yourself

By On February 25, 2011

Vanessa Davis’s autobiographical cartoons are embarrassing–painfully, self-consciously embarrassing--but, like a stand-up comedian, she spins her awkward, personal quirks into a compelling, identifiable, and ultimately lovable character. Davis’s comics, often no longer than a page or two, target… Read More


Land of the Lost

By On February 24, 2011

Djerba is an island off the coast of Tunisia. For the past 2,500 years, a small but tightly-knit Jewish community there has lived in relative quiet, practicing virtually the same rituals and… Read More


Choosing to Be Jewish

By On February 23, 2011

Derek’s parents are divorced. He lives with his mother in Colorado, where they’re converting to Judaism. He’s nervous, hopeful, and incredibly well-spoken about their plans–“I love being a Jew,” he says. “I think… Read More


David Had a Rock Band

By On February 22, 2011

Here’s a songwriter whose lyrics haven’t been heard on the pop charts for a few years: King David. The Good Players are a Chattanooga, TN-based band (they call themselves an “art and music collective”). Most… Read More


God Save the President

By On February 21, 2011

The townsfolk from Fiddler on the Roof  had a very simple prayer for their government: “May God bless and keep the Czar…far away from us!” This wasn’t the first time that Jews composed… Read More


Teenage Girls and Aliens

By On February 18, 2011

The new novel Journal of a UFO Investigator is part coming-of-age novel and part ’60s pulp science-fiction story. Danny is a thirteen-year-old who’s obsessed with aliens. He’s equally obsessed with teenage girls, who are just as… Read More


Born Again in the Movies

By On February 17, 2011

Shuli Rand is an Israeli actor with a talent for reinventing himself. After a career as a celebrated stage actor (winning Israel’s equivalent of a Tony Award several times in the 1980s and… Read More


That’s (Spanish) Entertainment

By On February 16, 2011

Throughout most of the Spanish-speaking world, every Saturday is Giant Saturday. Each week in millions of homes, Don Francisco hosts a television show, “Sábado Gigante” (“Giant Saturday”). The three-hour show features a… Read More


A Challah for Every Torah Portion

By On February 15, 2011

Each week, Jews all over the world read a portion of the Torah, advancing through the stories like an episodic TV show. And each week, Julie Seltzer, a Torah scribe and Jewish educator,… Read More


An Israeli Film Fest in Your Home

By On February 14, 2011

A Hasidic rabbinical student falls in love with his teacher’s daughter. A punk band gives a small but raucous concert in a Tel Aviv basement. A religious couple travels to a rabbinical… Read More


Eat Me

By On February 11, 2011

In his own words, Kenny Shopsin is “a middle-class Jewish kid from the suburbs who’d never known a day of hunger in his life.” He opened a corner store in the 1970s. Ten years… Read More