Browsing Archive

September, 2012


Jews and Foie Gras

By On September 28, 2012

Foie gras is like fashion: one day it’s in, the next day it’s out. The state of California recently joined the list of places that have banned the production and sale of… Read More


The Reform Shuckle

By On September 27, 2012

Book reviews are found in newspapers, magazines, and literary journals. But what about prayer book reviews? Who can you go to for a good siddur review? Writer and editor David A.M. Wilensky answered… Read More


Purim and Yom Kippur

By On September 25, 2012

In the World to Come, says the Zohar, the Jewish people will only celebrate two holidays–Purim and Yom Kippur. In fact the Zohar, refers to Yom Kippur as Yom Ki-Purim; literally, “a day like Purim,” even though you might not… Read More


The Jewish Dictators Who Invented Punk Rock

By On September 24, 2012

1977 was the year punk rock — lead by its (mostly) Jewish standard bearers, the Ramones — exploded out of New York’s Lower East Side. But a full year before the Ramones urged… Read More


The Kugel That Was Really a Rebbe

By On September 21, 2012

Having problems in your marriage? Blame the potato kugel! It may seem farfetched, but in Michael Wex’s short story “The Kugel Story,” Mrs. Yoshke Furmanovsky cries bitter tears because her husband no longer… Read More


The Rabbi’s Court

By On September 20, 2012

If you have a legal problem, you can bring it to the People’s Court. If you have a Jewish legal problem, you can bring it to the Beit Din, a Jewish court of… Read More


Solar Energy and Biblical Law

By On September 19, 2012

According to the biblical law of pe’ah, when a farmer harvests his land he must leave the corners of his field for the poor (Leviticus 19). And what about solar fields? A solar… Read More


The Sports Night Seder

By On September 14, 2012

Aaron Sorkin has, arguably, defined the cadence and tone of television and film more than any other screenwriter working today. From The West Wing to 2010’s Oscar-magnet The Social Network, Sorkin writes stories that are… Read More


Does Jewish = Neurotic?

By On September 13, 2012

“My wife is right: I’m not as Jewish as I advertise,” writes Yuvi Zalkow, the author and subject of the new book  A Brilliant Novel in the Works. It’s a strange statement coming from… Read More


Mushkie Goes to Kathmandu

By On September 11, 2012

A pretty, bewigged girl in a long-sleeve button-down shirt could hardly look more out of place wandering amid a group of chanting Buddhist monks or through the hustle and bustle of a Far East Marketplace.… Read More


Rashi’s Mermaids

By On September 10, 2012

“There are marine animals,” writes Rashi, an 11th century Bible commentator, “half of whose bodies are of human form, and half in the form of a fish.” So begins the curious debate over whether medieval… Read More


The Talmud’s Wisdom on Telling Jokes

By On September 7, 2012

It’s a common rule of public speaking: Tell a joke, and you loosen up the crowd. This idea isn’t a recent one–it can actually be found in the Talmud. “Before he began his lesson to the… Read More