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The Lesbian Chronicles 29: Hope Is A Bitch Wearing A Rose-Colored Dress

Katharine Angelina Love | Posted 06.29.2016 | Queer Voices
Katharine Angelina Love

Nothing outside of me can save me and I know this, yet I resist. I am waiting for my big lotto win, for the one that got away to return, for my proverbial knight to arrive on her white horse and take me away from all this.

Learning Yiddish in Lithuania

Ellen Cassedy | Posted 04.21.2016 | Religion
Ellen Cassedy

The sky above was a brilliant blue, with puffy clouds, as I crossed the courtyard of Vilnius University on my way to Yiddish class.

Yahrzeit for Professor Benjamin Harshav, Jewish Literary Sage

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 04.20.2016 | Books
Robert David Jaffee

The Hebrew Bible begins with the phrase, "Bereshit," which means "in the beginning." Benjamin Harshav, who passed away at 86 on April 23, 2015, rough...

Another Kind of 'Return' by Dr. Hankus Netsky

New England Conservatory | Posted 03.22.2016 | Arts
New England Conservatory

The era of "embarrassment" over Jewish "ghetto culture" is long over. A major effort is needed to go beyond one-week workshops and find a way to provide substantial support for offerings in traditional Jewish music and culture at all levels of Jewish and general education...and, if not now, when?

Best 50 Immersive Tours in Northeast USA

Malerie Yolen-Cohen | Posted 01.16.2016 | Travel
Malerie Yolen-Cohen

Litchfield CT: White Flower Farm. Wander among the blooms at the famous flower and plant catalog come to life. Ask for a self-guided tour brochure in the shop, and be prepared to enter garden nirvana.

The Joys of Yiddish and the 'Schlonged' Debate

Deborah J. Levine | Posted 12.28.2015 | Religion
Deborah J. Levine

There's no doubt that Yiddish is full of words and phrases that you couldn't get away with in English. All the more so when accompanied by the Yiddish lilt that non-speakers shouldn't try, any more than non-Southerners should fake a Southern accent.

Yiddish Academy Chastises Trump

Jerome Karabel | Posted 12.27.2015 | Comedy
Jerome Karabel

The Academy concluded, after a spirited debate lasting seven hours, 37 minutes, that Mr. Trump is best described not as a "putz" (a fool or idiot; literally a penis), but rather as a "schmuck" (an odious or contemptible person, a prick; literally a penis).

Dana Milbank Is No Yiddish Maven

Lev Raphael | Posted 12.25.2015 | Entertainment
Lev Raphael

In his litany, Milbank unintentionally called Trump a criminal when he used the word "farbrecher." I suspect he was relying on websites that say it means "con man," but you can also find myriad websites supplying quotations that famous writers never remotely said.

The Lesbian Chronicles 2

Katharine Angelina Love | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Katharine Angelina Love

Inside of me lives a very young girl that has feigned dead for most of my life. That little girl stayed silent to protect me, and as a survivor mechanism it worked well, but I now need to be present for my young self, I do not want to stay hidden and silent any longer.

The Memoir of a Jewish Homesteader: From Page to Stage

Tim Ranney | Posted 11.13.2015 | Arts
Tim Ranney

I spoke with Kate Fuglei, who plays Rachel Calof, to learn more about the transforming experience of this role. I also spoke with Stan Calof, one of Rachel's grandchildren, who gave us some insight into what it is like to carry the Calof name and the impact the play has had on him and his family.

For A Jewish Austrian Folk Singer, Helping Refugees Is Personal

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 10.05.2015 | Religion

When the Hungarian government cracked down on refugees in late August, herding them into holding camps and barring their passage to Germany, Hans Breu...

Dreams Becoming Reality

Jackson Richman | Posted 09.21.2015 | Good News
Jackson Richman

Since childhood, I have been interested in journalism and politics. When I was in my early teens, I frequently watched the early local news. Now as a young adult, attending school in Washington, D.C. I can take advantage of a plethora of journalistic opportunities.

Thinking and Acting Globally

Alissa Stern | Posted 09.14.2015 | Arts
Alissa Stern

Language decline rarely seems urgent. Photos of children no longer understanding their grandmother's language don't go viral. The loss of words to articulate local wisdom doesn't make headlines.

Kulturfest Dazzled All Week

Thane Rosenbaum | Posted 06.22.2016 | New York
Thane Rosenbaum

The inaugural Kulturfest was intended to be a tease, with audiences clamoring for more. Now that they had been given such a sumptuous taste, how can they get Yiddish out of their heads?

Yiddish-Wong-ish --It's All Fun in the Theater

Nancy Cohen-koan | Posted 06.15.2016 | Arts
Nancy Cohen-koan

Talk about diversity. New York is certainly the land of plenty. Just this week alone, I spent time in an Irish/Yiddish world and the next day was transported by intergalactic forces to the Planet Wongo. All this for a subway token.

Professor Mike Abrams: Reflections of An Illuminated Friendship

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 06.29.2015 | Education
Randee Mia Berman

I was always a 3M girl. I loved Mozart, martinis and macaroons. And then of course there's Mike. I met Mike Abrams as a studious Cornell freshman ...

Ukraine, Politics of History and Jewish Identity: A Personal Story

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 06.15.2015 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

Sadly, many Ukrainians have little knowledge of their own country's colorful past and tend to promote a rather monolithic and narrow-minded view of history based solely upon the Ukrainian ethnic experience. Perhaps it would be more productive to delve into the country's rich interethnic experience so as to foster greater understanding between Ukrainians and minority populations.

Peter Mehlman's Seinfeld-esque Novel is a Fun Read

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 01.03.2015 | Books
Rabbi Jason Miller

Yes, it's absurd and will unquestionably cause some eye rolling to occur, but his ability to tease out the everyday silliness of humanity is dead on.

Danny Aiello Took Me Off the Hook

Robbie Vorhaus | Posted 12.21.2014 | Entertainment
Robbie Vorhaus

For several months, we became friendly, hanging out together at the producer's office on Park Avenue. Knockout opened and closed within months, and everyone involved in the production went their separate ways.

What Defines You?

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 09.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Naphtali Hoff

To these men and women (and many, many more), life is more than about doing a job and getting paid. It's about making a difference and following your passions. It's about connecting deeply to what you believe in, and expressing your values to others.

How I Chose the Title 'Bubby'

Carol Smaldino | Posted 07.06.2014 | Fifty
Carol Smaldino

When I found out I would be a grandmother, I felt thrilled and yet I really wasn't; that was the truth. I didn't feel up to it, I felt it had nothing to do with me and I felt guilty that I felt that way.

The Hungarian Horseradish

John Feffer | Posted 06.15.2014 | World
John Feffer

The most sensitive issue is the very identity of Hungarians. The far-right party Jobbik has made the identity issue central to its program.

Wipe That Schmutz Off Your Face -- and Keep Reading

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 04.21.2014 | Religion
The University of Central Florida Forum

I love seeing Yiddish show up in the media. I feel special because I know this "second language" that not many others do, and it makes me feel closer to my heritage.

Facing Fierce Fears

Edie Weinstein | Posted 03.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Edie Weinstein

As a medical social worker, I have witnessed both in my patients and clients. I saw my parents take a downhill slide as they aged, even though they did so with grace. I have a difficult time allowing myself to be taken care of, since my role has long been that of caregiver. As I face my fears, they become less fierce.

Electronic Nonsense Sure Makes No Sense

Harvey Gotliffe, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Harvey Gotliffe, Ph.D.

It is sad, but only if you let it overwhelm you. Electronic gimmicks and outlets are like forbidden, fat-laden food. You have to learn to discipline yourself and consume just enough to satisfy your craving, without causing damage to your physical or mental health.