Orthodox girls are creative, talented and introspective. That should not be a surprise to the media, writes Leslie Ginsparg Klein.
‘I had hoped that my analysis of why Israel is becoming such a bitterly divisive issue would spark serious public discussion. No such luck.’
For the holiday of Shavuot or any time, we’ve put together a collection of our favorite vegetarian dairy recipes.
Sophia Marie Unterman went to Poland with her family in search of her grandmother’s home. What she found was a troubling land of anti-semitic kitsch reminiscent of a Jewish Rainforest Café.
One-time Mets fan Peter Kurz has lived in Israel for more than 25 years where he works as president of the Israel Association of Baseball. Hillel Kutler spoke to Kurz about Israel’s baseball scene.
During Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals—a match-up between the defending champion Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma City Thunder—Warriors forward Draymond Green drove to the hoop and, in the process, appeared to not-so-accidentally kick Thunder center Steven Adams directly in the, er, kneidlach. This week, NBA chatter was afire when the league made the decision not to suspend Green, an E-40 enthusiast, following its review of a controversial play the day before.
On Wednesday night I attended the annual Authors Guild gala, which helps raise money for literacy awareness, copyright enforcement and writers’ rights. I went as the date of a friend who is a big macher in children’s literature: There’s no way I could have been there under my own steam since tables went for as much as $50,000, and the cheapest individual ticket was $600.
For the first time, the event honored creators of children’s literature. The Guild gave its Distinguished Service Award to Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games trilogy (which, ahem, explores some very High-Holidays-worthy themes), and Collins chose three other beloved authors who write for young people to share their thoughts about why they do what they do.
On Thursday, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, after he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Yeshiva University, gave a commencement speech. Call me a homer—I am both a proud Jew and a fervid Pats fan—but the speech is both heartfelt and inspiring without ever feeling trite. It’s required viewing if only because Kraft, a dedicated supporter of Israel and other Jewish causes, shared some personal anecdotes about his father, his childhood, and about his purchase of the Patriots that rings true.
Kraft got chocked up when he spoke about his father, the former lay leader at Congregation Kehillath Israel in Brookline, Massachusetts, with whom he’d study Torah and the Pirkei Avot. “I’ve spent the rest of my life perpetuating his legacy,” said Kraft, who peppered his entire speech with Hebrew.
It seems that Patti LuPone and the infamous picture-taking incident of 2009, when the Gypsy star had a photographer kicked out of the show, may have finally been outclassed—and by one of her dearest friends and closest associated acts: Broadway legend, noted swordsman, and CIA operative Mandy Patinkin.
According to Page Six, Patinkin stopped the special concert he was giving to benefit the National Yiddish Folksbeine Theater this week to chastise a couple attempting to take their seats in the front row about half an hour after he began. “Why are you late?” Patinkin wondered from the stage as the theater filled Jews—who had paid a lot of good money to be there so their grandchildren’s Hebrew school class could one day sit through a matinee of The Wise Elders of Chelm in its original language—wished that Patinkin would just get back to singing “Have I Got a Girl For You” from Company in four different octaves (writerly extrapolation, mine).
The comic book-reading part of the Internet convulsed when the first volume of the new Captain America series included a controversial twist that borderline anti-Semitic.
Amy Schumer’s parody sketch, ‘Katfish,’ has her seeking help to find out whether the Jake Gyllenhaal she met in a ferret fanatics chatroom is the Hollywood heartthrob himself.
At the age of 96, Dr. Henry Heimlich has saved the life of a patient using his eponymous maneuver. Talya Zax explains the heroic story and complicated history of the retired Jewish physician.
'Ride for the Living,' a Fundraising Event in Which Participants Cycle from Auschwitz to the Krakow JCC
At the gates of Auschwitz-Birkenau last June, two men who had never met in person locked eyes.
“There wasn’t a need for words,” said Robert Desmond, 26, on meeting Marcel Zielinski, and 81-year-old Holocaust survivor. “We looked at each other with mutual admiration and hugged.”