Browsing Archive

April, 2013


A Bus Accident in Israel, and Afterward

By On April 30, 2013

“After living with a disability for 22-plus years and trying in vain to write about it for almost as many, I’ve finally gotten my thoughts down on paper.” So Joshua Prager introduces… Read More


Ancient History: A Jew Among Romans

By On April 29, 2013

On the long list of all-time greatest Jewish calamities, the destruction of the Second Temple is surely among the Top 10. We remember it every year on Tisha B’Av, and at every wedding when the… Read More


Child Survivors Return Home

By On April 26, 2013

What happens when a documentarian turns the camera on himself? “For almost 50 years I’ve been filming other people’s lives,” says Holocaust survivor and filmmaker Marian Marzynski at the start of his new documentary Never… Read More


Isra-Alien: Acoustic Rock for Dueling Mothers-in-Law

By On April 25, 2013

It’s not so unusual these days for 2 guys with acoustic guitars to play venues around New York City. But it’s pretty rare for those 2 guys to have met during their… Read More


How Do You Say “Cooking Show” in Yiddish?

By On April 24, 2013

Julia Child had her glass of wine, Emeril famously “kicks it up a notch,” and viewers across Britain wish Jamie Oliver actually was a naked chef. Every great cooking show has a hook, and Est… Read More


A Charleston Poet in a Calico Gown

By On April 23, 2013

Happy 216th birthday to Penina Moise (1797-1880): poet, Southerner, and Sunday school superintendent. Moise’s life could have been a Victorian melodrama: One of 9 children born to French immigrants in Charleston, South Carolina, a… Read More


Looking for Lox in Loch-Land

By On April 22, 2013

Inside every Jew lies the soul of a Scotsman. So says Vicki Boykis in her short, funny travelogue e-book There’s Something About Scotland. They’re a lot alike, Boykis writes: two bargain-hungry nationalities with… Read More


The Imaginarium Atop the Warsaw Ghetto

By On April 19, 2013

You enter a modern glass building and descend into a forest of sorts—”a space of historical imagination.” You wander those woods, modeled after those encountered by early Jewish merchants when they first came to Poland.… Read More


Hey Jews, Go Back to Poland!

By On April 18, 2013

We’re used to a certain kind of Jewish nostalgia for the old country and the relative simplicity of shtetl life, but nobody’s really serious about going back there. Right? Not exactly. Since 2007, Israeli… Read More


Palestine’s First Jewish Feminist

By On April 17, 2013

When Pesha Dzimitrovsky, the daughter of an Orthodox rabbi in British Palestine, turned 15 in 1921, her schooling was over—or would have been, had she remained in Jerusalem. So her parents shipped her off… Read More


The Other Gaga

By On April 16, 2013

Lady Gaga’s bizarre videos and catchy lyrics launched the gibberish word into the mouths of adults the world over. But now there’s another Gaga catching on, and it’s not the children’s ball game. Created… Read More


Brooklyn Jews Boycott Schools!

By On April 15, 2013

Last month, Mississippi passed a law that lets public school students lead prayers over public address systems. The ACLU promised a lawsuit. Sound familiar? It must: this type of mishegas has been going on for over… Read More