Cranberry sauce is left untouched on the Thanksgiving table. A mullah proposes a temporary marriage to a Jewess on a flight. A Southern woman who looks like she comes from generations of country club members is actually the daughter of an Iranian Jew.
I’m torn, really. On the one hand, I really do not want to jump on the Pew Study response bandwagon. If I even the mention the study at this point I run the risk of losing a dozen readers right away. Please, stay with me.
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Wed, 11/27/2013 - 09:16
We celebrate two important holidays on the same day this week, both with strong Jewish traditions that can be summed up in two words: freedom and food. You know the story of the Jewish people in three sentences: They tried to kill us. We won. Let's eat.
What is beautifully presented in “Art Spiegelman’s Co-Mix: A Retrospective” at The Jewish Museum, in addition to original drawings from the “Maus” series, is the enormous range of work that Spiegelman produced beyond those volumes. Included are comic books, magazine illustrations, children’s books illustrations, political satire, trading cards and stickers, New Yorker covers, and even a collaboration with the dance group Pilobolus and a stained glass window for The High School of Art & Design, just to name a few.
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Fri, 11/22/2013 - 10:50
Barack Obama's presidency is in deep trouble, his signature legislative achievement is floundering and our friends, allies and enemies have the impression his administration is confused and in disarray.
And the worst part of all this tzoris is that despite their best (or worst) efforts, Republicans had little or nothing to do with it -- Obama is the victim of self-inflicted wounds.
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Thu, 11/21/2013 - 23:35
You can ignore the Republican crocodile tears about the end of bipartisanship in the Senate after Democrats invoked the so-called "nuclear option" Thursday to limit the use of filibusters. There never was any. Bipartisanship ended long ago when GOP Senate leader Mitch McConnell vowed to make sure Barack Obama's presidency failed and proceeded to put that into practice by blocking as much of the administration's agenda as he could.
Ever since our son was diagnosed with autism, at age two and a half, I'd been wondering about his bar mitzvah. I come from a family of shulgoers who lead services, read from the Torah, and sing. My husband does, too. He and I have been teaching b’nei mitzvah for decades, and the question of our son’s bar mitzvah loomed large for 10 years.