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Perfumed Petals and Exotic Roots: NY's 17th Sephardic Jewish Film Festival

Richard Z. Chesnoff | Posted 05.06.2014 | New York
Richard Z. Chesnoff

It runs from Thursday March 13th to March 20th at the Center for Jewish History on Manhattan's West 16th Street between Fifth & Sixth avenue.

Why My Skin Color Means I'll Never Feel Like I Belong

Elad Nehorai | Posted 04.21.2014 | Religion
Elad Nehorai

The world isn't so interested in accepting us, in looking deeper into who we are to define us, but would rather put us into neat categories.

Passover Traumatic Stress Disorder: Saved by Charoset

Anneli Rufus | Posted 05.21.2013 | Taste
Anneli Rufus

When Passover begins again next week, I will stage my millionth attempt to rescue some meaningful spark from its story -- this time, by exploring charoset as a glorious dish at once ancient and futuristic, traditional and infinitely adaptable.

Obama's Victory and the American Social Contract: Lessons for Israel

Carlo Strenger | Posted 01.13.2013 | World
Carlo Strenger

We in Israel have no choice but to move towards a social contract of mutual respect and equal rights for all, and we should take America's reelection of President Barack Hussein Obama as an inspiration.

Long Life, Personality All In The Genes

Anthonia Akitunde | Posted 05.30.2012 | Fifty

The 1993 movie Grumpy Old Men played up a common stereotype about those who live well beyond their golden years. With lines like, "Do me a favor. Put ...

'The Village' Debuts In Three Galleries At Once

Posted 05.22.2012 | Arts

Adi Nes is a gay Israeli artist concerned with representations of masculinity and power. In 2003, Richard Goldstein at the Village voice wrote, "No yo...

Why I Loved My Ultra-Religious Wedding

Judy Batalion | Posted 07.03.2012 | Weddings
Judy Batalion

My big fat Orthodox Sephardi wedding taught me that there are things in Jewish tradition and law about femininity, gender and sexuality that are relevant, resonant and hugely interesting to me.

Sephardic Film Festival: From Spanish Expulsion to Vidal Sassoon

Richard Z. Chesnoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Richard Z. Chesnoff

New York's annual Sephardic Film Festival is always a tasty treat. First and foremost, it provides us with a cinematic kaleidoscope of the destinies ...

Two Models of Jewish Tradition: Vertical-Hierarchical and Horizontal Pluralist

David Shasha | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David Shasha

The two models of Jewish tradition that we have presented reflect the clash between the Sephardic tradition of religious humanism and the Ashkenazi tradition of magical-occultism.

Dangerous Mystic Motifs in Judaism

David Shasha | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David Shasha

Israel's Jewish culture can be identified as the paradoxical attempt to restore Jews to the world of nations, but to do so by an occult process that remains alien to universal civilization and the standards of science and rationality.

Israel's Sephardic-Ashkenazi Rift: The Shas Paradox

David Shasha | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David Shasha

Shas has not sought to effectively redress the secular-political problems of the Israeli Sephardim, but has relentlessly pursued its own parochial interests as an Ultra-Orthodox party in the Ashkenazi mold.

What Israel Means to Me

David Shasha | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David Shasha

What Israel means to me at the moment is the fact of Jews persecuting other Jews for speaking out and affirming the traditions of the past, of being "Old Jews" rather than "New Jews."

Understanding the Sephardi-Ashkenazi Split

David Shasha | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David Shasha

In terms of the Jewish future, the Sephardi-Ashkenazi split is of immense importance. Understanding the cultural differences between the two groups is vital for our political interests.

Why Are 110,000 Orthodox Israelis Rioting to 'Protect' Segregated Schools?

Eileen Read | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eileen Read

It is with American ears that revere the separation of church and state that we listen in awe to extreme religious happenings in the Middle East. Som...

The Voice of Um Kulthum: A Place to Start the Dialogue

David Shasha | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David Shasha

I would bet that many so-called "experts" on the Arab-Israeli conflict have never heard the voice of Um Kulthum.

Netanyahu At AIPAC: Pilpul In Action!

David Shasha | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David Shasha

Building on the Talmudic term pilpul, I would like to more closely examine the difficulty that Netanyahu's recent AIPAC statements present for anyone working to negotiate a settlement between Israel and the Palestinians.

What Is Pilpul, And Why On Earth Should I Care About It?

David Shasha | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David Shasha

For those who have any concern with the Middle East conflict or with Judaism, what you know -- or do not know -- about pilpul is something upon which your well-being could depend.

Killing off Rational Judaism: The Maimonidean Controversy

David Shasha | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David Shasha

If Humanism is to be restored to Judaism, the Maimonidean Controversy must be addressed and resolved in a definitive manner.

Moses Maimonides: Arab Jew, Religious Humanist

David Shasha | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David Shasha

The figure of Moses Maimonides (ca. 1138-1204), perhaps the greatest post-Talmudic rabbi, exemplifies the complications and pitfalls involved in the Arabic articulation of Judaism.

The Arab Jewish Tradition and the Past and Future Promise of Peace

David Shasha | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David Shasha

It is standard practice to see Jews and Arabs as embattled enemies rather than try to recall a time when the Jews of the Middle East were integrated into the Arab culture and civilization.

Wadi Abou Jamil: Stories About the Jews of Beirut

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

Riveting is an understatement. The beautifully recounted stories about Beirut's Jews are enlightening, but beg for details about community members w...

Sephardic Film Festival: Pomegranates and Longing

Richard Z. Chesnoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Richard Z. Chesnoff

This culture and history and modern experience of the Sephardim is cinematically celebrated in a film festival sponsored by New York's very active American Sephardi Federation.

Religious Groups Assume The Victims' Role

Michael B. Laskoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael B. Laskoff

A bill is pending in the New York State Legislature to temporarily lift the statute of limitations on lawsuits alleging sexual abuse of children.