Browsing Archive

June, 2011


Dragons, Robots, and Golems

By On June 30, 2011

The best Jewish stories have always been the supernatural ones. The Red Sea splitting open; Saul’s visit to the Witch of Endor; medieval tales about golems. The new collection People of the Book embraces the Jewish… Read More


The Only Synagogue in New York

By On June 29, 2011

You’ve likely heard the old Jewish joke: A man is marooned on a desert island for years. He’s discovered, and he shows his rescuers around–his house, his workshop, and two synagogues. “But why do… Read More


Before the Bomb

By On June 28, 2011

Dai—the title of Israeli-American comic Iris Bahr‘s 2008 one-woman play–is a Hebrew word that means “enough.” Dai also sounds like an English word, die, which is a chilling and emotional summary of the play: It covers the final… Read More


The Book of Tobit

By On June 27, 2011

Here’s a story of demons, supernatural nuptials, and a dog who makes a pilgrimage. The Book of Tobit dates back more than 2500 years, to 700 BCE. It’s considered part of the apocrypha–a set of works that were… Read More


Green Lantern’s Boss is Jewish

By On June 24, 2011

One of this summer’s biggest-budget films has an unexpected cameo, of sorts…from David Ben-Gurion. Green Lantern, a new film about a superhero who wields–you guessed it–a magical green lantern, is based on the comic book… Read More


Klezmer Done Right

By On June 23, 2011

Although most people associate klezmer music with Eastern Europe, the modern style of fast-tempo was actually developed in America–in the late 19th century, first performed by immigrants who wanted to play new-world music with old-country… Read More


God Is Great (and I’m Not)

By On June 22, 2011

Sometimes, a spiritual search can be as hard as the search for the perfect boyfriend. Here’s a film that chronicles the quest for both. The 2002 film God is Great (and I’m Not) stars… Read More


Activists for Everyone

By On June 21, 2011

Brit Shalom was an activist group that tried to find common ground between Jews and Arabs in order to establish a lasting peace between the two groups. Sound like a headline straight out of today’s… Read More


Fangs, Pale Skin, & a Star of David

By On June 20, 2011

Today, we think of vampires as tall, pale creatures with an unquenchable thirst and a marble beauty straight out of Twilight. Historically, however, they were somewhat less conventionally sexy–often portrayed as decaying, festering corpses fresh… Read More


Was Leo Bloom a Jew?

By On June 16, 2011

On June 16th, literary geeks around the world (and on the Internet) celebrate Bloomsday, a holiday named after Leopold Bloom, the protagonist of James Joyce’s novel Ulysses. Ulysses is 783 pages, but it takes place… Read More


Keep Your Wives Away from Them

By On June 15, 2011

Being a lesbian and an Orthodox Jew isn’t necessarily a paradox. After all, the sections of the Torah which prohibit homosexuality don’t contain a single word about lesbianism. Still, in Orthodox culture, the social stigma of lesbianism is every bit as… Read More


Jews with Flavor

By On June 14, 2011

DeLeon is the rare band playing traditional Jewish songs that isn’t afraid to move beyond its borders: Sure, they cover traditional Sephardic music, but they arrange and perform the music in such a distinctive way… Read More