to falling for this one on account of her celebrity and the fact
that her name means water which I always loved. That said, I want
to formally announce that the Jewish Holidays are coming so let's
Holiday Prep - Part II
us up for Rosh Hashana, but that’s the easy one. Yom Kippur
immediately follows. Our holiest day of the year - a day of
atonement, teshuva and repentance - is possibly where Jewish
guilt was born.
Kutrz, writing for Moment Magazine, however, wants to move
forward without it.
was really my youngest daughter, Avi, a 17-year-old,
strong-willed individual, who helped me see the level of guilt
that had been my lifelong companion.
were having a heated conversation about something she wanted to
do versus something I did not want her to do. 'Avi,' I said, 'I
wish you wouldn’t do that; I’m really going to be disappointed.'
She turned to me, paused, and then said these words, 'Sometimes,
I have to do things I believe are correct, even if you don’t. You
might want to think about this. What are you not doing because
you don’t want to disappoint someone?'
Joshua Halberstam protests "The Myth of Jewish Guilt" in The
Forward: "Yet the commonplace canard about Jewish
guilt insists on lingering, in print, in conversation and as the
stand-up comic’s standby. More important, those who invoke the
stereotype insist that it reflects a genuine Jewish affliction.
This is nonsense. Worse, it is pernicious nonsense. What this
persistence does reflect is the ongoing bleeding of serious
Judaism into kitsch Judaism. So, herein, a plea to close the
hospice door and let these exhausted clichés fade into their
we are on humorous clichés (let’s face it, starting next week it
gets serious) enjoy (or hate) this clip about Jewish guilt from The
Hebrew Hammer, where Adam Goldberg as Mordechai
Jefferson Carver, an Orthodox Jew, is on a quest to save Hanukkah
from Santa Claus's evil son. And yes, I know Hanukkah isn’t for
another 91 days.
Kvell Hollywood Style
like to invite you to join me (I already signed up) for a
community kvell event.
funny, storytelling and musical event is a can’t-miss date two
days before we celebrate Rosh Hashana.
is - because of image rights (don’t ask) - I can’t tell you who
the hosts are. You know them from the movies and from television
and perhaps they are simply too cool and funny to be named.
Hollywood, can you believe it?
link below (the community member option) and I’ll see you Wednesday,
September 16, at 1:30. This event is organized for small Jewish communities
nationwide by JFNA.
Curious Case of Jessica Krug
Jonathan Tobin, editor in chief of JNS and disappointed New
York Islanders fan like me, is very unhappy with Jessica Krug, a
tenured associate professor of history at George Washington
University who spent her career pretending to be someone she
isn’t: black and Hispanic.
what makes Krug’s journey from the Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy in
Overland Park, Kan., to East Harlem and GWU is not just that she
was a white woman pretending to be black, but that along the way
she more than rejected her Jewish identity. As part of what can
only be termed a modern-day leftist version of a minstrel show,
Krug also incorporated attacks on Jews and Israel in rants in
which she vented her rage as an aggrieved person of color,"
1970 and Star Trek had just ended on TV. Leonard Nimoy, who
played Mr. Spock, the hybrid human-alien, had a young fan in the
freshman girl who was a year behind me at our Chicago high
Nimoy was tall and thin. At 5’10”, so was I. He had a certain
Eastern European countenance. My face displayed my Eastern European
heritage. He had a Vulcan haircut. My dark hair was longish."
To see how
this love story unfolds follow the link above.
7.What Am I,
It used to
be that one generation of a family passed recipes on to the next.
Sometimes they were written down, often not. When a matriarch died,
so too did the recipe and the tradition. The Jewish Food Society
hopes to stem that loss.
the past three years, the Jewish Food Society has collected a trove
of Jewish culinary wisdom. The dishes are shared digitally in the
organization’s 'grandma chic' style, which combines Old World vibes
with contemporary aesthetics. Reading through the site’s index of dishes feels
like scanning through an open-source, cross-cultural recipe box—and
that is very much by design.
include a mix of Jewish 'classics' (chopped liver, matzo ball soup,
bourekas), contemporary riffs on traditional dishes (cholent pot
pie, salted maple challah), and the cuisine’s lesser-known and
endangered gems. This last category, which includes dishes like the
Sephardic meat pies called pastelicos and Egyptian chicken sofrito,
is where Jewish Food Society shines brightest."
Baking2Gether for Rosh Hashana
Hashana baking workshop for the whole family, led by Adi
Barak-Agmon from Israel. This event is one in a series of events
organized by communities in Israel and the U.S. that are open to
everyone. This one was created by Jewish communities in Nashville,
Jacksonville, Richmond, Chattanooga and Hadera in Israel. Sounds
like fun to me. Check it out on Sunday
at 11:00 AM and eat the delicious honey cookies when
football kicks off shortly after. Register here. Use other for the community option and write in New
Bedford. And, finally, send me a picture of the cookies you
Community College Holocaust & Genocide Center presents:
Thursday, October 15, 4:00 PM
"The Legacy of the Nuremberg Trials in the World Today"
Bryant, Bryant University
Thursday, October 29, 4:00 PM
"Lessons from the Past: Facing Difficult History in the U.S.
Cohen Center, Keene State College
Thursday, November 12, 4:00 PM
"Displaced Persons: Jewish Life in the Aftermath of the
Patt, University of Connecticut - Storrs
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