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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.

Yiddish Enjoys New Popularity With Younger Generation

Religion News Service | Ann Marie Somma | Posted 08.11.2013 | Religion

BLOOMFIELD, Conn. (RNS) Friends of Yiddish has no agenda. No textbooks. No Yiddish grammar rules. Its members gather every month at the B’nai Tik...

The NSA's Error-filled Transcripts of My Telephone Conversations

Jonathan Leigh Solomon | Posted 08.14.2013 | Comedy
Jonathan Leigh Solomon

If the NSA is monitoring my phone calls I worry that they might not be correctly hearing what I'm saying. And, if this is the case, I worry even more, about what the resulting impact on my beloved U.S. of A. might be.

Jewish Word Wins Spelling Bee, But 'Princesses' TV Show Will Offend

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 07.31.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

While some might think that the winning word of the Scripps National Spelling Bee being the familiar Yiddish word for what we Jews put in our chicken soup signaled the end of offensive Jewish stereotypes, think again. A new reality TV show is about to send us back several generations.

Man-oh-Manischewitz: Passover's Second Chance

Rabbi Shaul Wertheimer | Posted 06.18.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Shaul Wertheimer

This Wednesday, April 24, marks a little-known holiday on the Jewish calendar: Pesach Sheini -- Second Passover. Truth be told, it is a little different that the original holiday.

Yiddish: The Link Between Past and Present in the Jewish State

Anav Silverman | Posted 06.16.2013 | World
Anav Silverman

It is often overlooked that Yiddish, the language spoken by millions of Ashkenazi Jews for nearly 1,000 years across Europe, played an important role in the formation of Israeli culture.

Traditions

Cyma Shapiro | Posted 05.18.2013 | Fifty
Cyma Shapiro

As another Passover approaches, I can't help but think back wistfully to my childhood with my Eastern European grandparents and all that it held for me.

Orthodox Jewish Revival Opens Niche For Yiddish News

Reuters | Posted 04.01.2013 | Religion

By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor Jan 30 (Reuters) - The rapid revival of strict Orthodox Jewish communities that has shifted New York ...

Challah At Me!

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 01.17.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- If things go as planned, this Friday evening, the "Seven Single White Jewish Males" who placed a recent Craigslist ad looking for dinner...

Pitching Baby Jesus to the Paploids: If OK! Was Around in the First Century

Angela Himsel | Posted 02.18.2013 | New York
Angela Himsel

The baby twins on the cover of Shalom! -- the top selling papyrus celebrity mag in all of Israel -- drew Miriam in.

Deck The Malls With Boughs Of Challah

Harvey Gotliffe, Ph.D. | Posted 01.26.2013 | Religion
Harvey Gotliffe, Ph.D.

'Tis the season for eliminating guilt by spending gelt to alleviate the feelings that you may not have taken care of your loved ones like you thought you should have during the year.

Stage Door: The Twenty-Seventh Man, Annie

Fern Siegel | Posted 01.19.2013 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Literature and memory are essential to a culture's survival. For Jews, that literature is Yiddish -- 26 of its greatest writers and poets were murdered in a 1952 Stalinist purge. As Zunser (Ron Rifkin) explains to his four jailed comrades: "We are all here because of the fifth line on the form: Jewish."

Heaven Is Real -- And It's A Schlep

Dan_Weiss | Posted 12.10.2012 | Religion
Dan_Weiss

A sense of warmth engulfed me, as though someone had poured a bowl of chicken soup over my head. My spirit guide informed me that I was not yet prepared for the next world and that I would be returning to mine.

Candidates Who Are Skittish, Should Campaign in Yiddish

Harvey Gotliffe, Ph.D. | Posted 11.19.2012 | Comedy
Harvey Gotliffe, Ph.D.

While a candidate may wish that their opponent would just gey avek -- go away -- when you are in mitn derinen -- the middle of an election -- it's best to remain shtark vi ayzn -- strong like iron. That's what the people look for in a leader.

The Weird, Wonderful and Miraculous Trio Keeping Yiddish Alive

Myra Chanin | Posted 10.10.2012 | Weird News
Myra Chanin

I used to think that only two people were crazy enough to work full time at keeping Yiddish alive. Now you can add the name of a third.

Operatic Bass Anthony Russell: The New Voice of Yiddish Song

Richard Z. Chesnoff | Posted 10.08.2012 | Home
Richard Z. Chesnoff

It was that same sense of deep emotion that overwhelmed me recently when I heard the voice of a budding new African-American operatic star, 32-year-old Anthony Russell. And he too was singing "Zog Nisht Kein Mol."

On Jewish Ethics: Don't Be A Schnorrer

Nina Badzin | Posted 08.10.2012 | Religion
Nina Badzin

The schnorrer believes that if he can outsmart a store, a person or an institution, then he has earned the reward. The schnorrer rarely considers what he owes the world.

Time-travel to Peru With My Son

David Kersh | Posted 03.31.2012 | Parents
David Kersh

My eight year old son, right before going to sleep, says he wants to go on a trip to Lima, Peru -- the place I was born in and grew up before coming to Los Angeles -- so he can see me as a little kid. What can I say?

Israel, 2012: Teaching the Horse to Starve

Bradley Burston | Posted 02.29.2012 | World
Bradley Burston

Day by day at home, this Israel teaches the horse to starve when it demands more and more of the non-Haredi young and provides less and less.

Theater: "Shlemiel The First" Klezmer Musical Sings But What's With The Restraint?

Michael Giltz | Posted 02.15.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

SCHLEMIEL THE FIRST ** 1/2 out of **** NYU'S JACK H. SKIRBALL CENTER Writer Isaac Bashevis Singer helped popularize folk tales about the foolish men ...

Celebrate a Fantastic Klezmatic Hanukkah

Tom Teicholz | Posted 02.08.2012 | Los Angeles
Tom Teicholz

On Dec. 19, as part of their 25th anniversary tour, the Klezmatics will perform at Walt Disney Concert Hall for a Chanukah concert featuring both their well-known and new repertoire.

Astoria Characters: The Woman Clothed in History

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 01.02.2012 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Pearl Gould's Uncle Elie and Aunt Esther started the Broadway Silk Store during the Great Depression, and it looks much as it did when Hoover was president. Like Pearl, it's stitched together by time.

10 Things You Didn't Know About Josh Groban's Family Tree

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 12.18.2011 | Celebrity
Megan Smolenyak

If you were to Google your way around the Internet, you'd probably be left with the impression that Josh is half-Jewish (from Russia and Poland) and half-Norwegian, and you wouldn't be too far off. He's actually 5/8 Jewish and 1/8 Norwegian.

There's More To Shtetl Humor Than Tevye the Dairyman

George Heymont | Posted 10.26.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

2011-08-26-yiddish.jpgBack before World War II (when Yiddish was a thriving language) it was standard practice for the great works of literature and song to be translated into Yiddish.

Yiddish Is Alive And Well

Harvey Gotliffe, Ph.D. | Posted 10.01.2011 | Religion
Harvey Gotliffe, Ph.D.

The vulnerable Yiddish language could have languished and died. Instead, it has become a venerable part of our society.