The private collection of Joan Rivers brought in some over the top sales.
Following the Orlando shooting, the largest terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9/11, a Modern Orthodox high school in the Bronx called its students, grades 8-12, into the auditorium for a vigil and prayer service for the Pulse nightclub victims. The event soon became an unprecedented showing of support from the school’s administration for its own LGBT student body, a population at risk.
On Tuesday June 14, SAR Academy High School principal Rabbi Tully Harcsztark provided three reasons to students as to why they had gathered in memoriam, all of which were grounded in Jewish thought and law. After invoking the teachings of Maimonedes to explain to students their obligation to mourn with Orlando and greater LGBT community, he clearly declared support for the SAR LGBTQ student body.
Saying Goodbye to Vox Tablet, an Audio Institution Dedicated to Capturing Jewish Life Around the World
With today’s episode, Tablet will bid farewell to Vox Tablet and the tremendous forces of creativity and skill that were behind it, Julie Subrin and Sara Ivry. Over the past 11 years, they’ve produced nearly 500 episodes, covering everything from the lessons of genocide studies and new ways of praying to Bollywood, and interviewing everyone from Michael Chabon to Dave Berman to Jill Soloway to Luzer Twersky, and many more in between.
There is no question that this magazine will be paler in their absence—and that we, as colleagues and friends, and you, the readers and listeners, will be too.
Editor Stephen Pollard of the U.K. Jewish Chronicle announced his support for Britain to leave the European Union on Friday.
Presumably you know about modern-day gay kidlit classics like And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, illustrated by Henry Cole; The Purim Superhero by Elisabeth Kushner, illustrated by Mike Byrne; and Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. But hey, just in time for Pride Weekend here in NYC, let’s talk about some brand-new children’s books with gay or transgender characters!
Why are these books important to us as Jews, even if some of ‘em have no Jews in them? Well, teaching tolerance is a Jewish value. And it’s never too early to read to your kids about different kinds of families and different identities, and to model why kindness is important. Everyone is created b’tzelem Elohim, in the image of God. If your kids are independent readers, give them books that reflect the world they live in. Believe me, they already know way more about gender non-conformity and LGBT identity than you do. Show them that your home is a safe space—not just for your kid, but for your kid’s friends—with the gift of books that demonstrate understanding and love for folks who don’t quite fit the dominant paradigm. After all, we’re Jews. We don’t fit the dominant paradigm either.
“Presenting Shakespeare” is the first published collection of posters for Shakespeare’s plays. Authors Mirko Ilić and Steven Heller explain why their book is more than just the “Best of the Bard.”
For the first time in the nearly 120 years of this legendary Jewish publication, there are women overseeing all publishing and editorial functions.
Recently my 14-year-old brought a bright yellow pamphlet home from school, a handout from her school’s gay-straight alliance. The pamphlet was called “Coming Out as a Supporter.” Josie and her friends found it hilarious. Who the heck would need to “come out” as an ally? They giggled at the the booklet’s hushed and somber language:
For a lot of people, learning that someone they know and care about is LGBT can open a range of emotions, from confused to concerned, awkward to honored. It may be hard to know how to react, leaving you with questions about what to say, how to talk about being LGBT and wanting to know what you can do … this guide is designed to help build understanding and comfort.
In our final episode, we take a brief walk down memory lane to some of our favorite moments from the past decade. Among highlights we feature are our visits with actor Fyvush Finkel; illustrator and author Roz Chast; Silver Jews’ frontman David Berman; tourists en route to the Statue of Liberty; South African justice Albie Sachs; attendees at an annual deli luncheon in a small Mississippi town; Israeli musician Noam Inbar; and West Side Story aficionado Alisa Solomon.
To borrow that old marketing chestnut, if you read only one Torah portion this year, make it this week’s. An astonishing story in a book thick with them, it teaches us a lesson in leadership that resonates particularly loudly these days.
At the story’s core are the Israelites: Stiff-necked and simpering, they complain to Moses that the divine diet he’s catered for their errand in the desert, the heavenly manna, just won’t do. In Egypt, they whine, they had watermelons and leeks and garlic, and all for free, give or take a few cracks of the whip and the permanent gloom of the house of bondage. Give us some meat, they demand of their weary leader, and he, poor soul, turns to God and delivers a rant for the ages.
“You would never know he was a Jew,” Jackie Mason says of Jerry Nadler in a new robocall paid for by the congressional campaign of Oliver Rosenberg, Nadler’s challenger for the Democratic nomination.
No one does dystopia quite like the Jews.
‘I felt history unfolding before me, and I felt a part of it.’
An Israeli rabbinical court did not accept a conversion by an Orthodox rabbi who also helped Ivanka Trump become Jewish.
It’s hard explaining to my children why some people seek to do them harm simply because they’re Jews. It’s harder still that I can’t protect them from the violent hatred that stalks the streets of Jerusalem, Paris, and even New York. But they suffer no naiveté when it comes to the blessings and burdens of being Jewish.
Attacks against the LGBT community make up an outsized proportion of hate crimes in the Unites States, doubling those against African Americans and surpassing those against Jews. My children have only ever expressed pride in me as a gay woman. They’ve advocated for greater LGBT inclusion on campus and celebrated marriage equality in step with their generation’s commitment to freedom.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas of spreading a blood libel in his address Thursday to the European Parliament in Brussels.