Gabriela Geselowitz's blog

Talk Yiddish To Me

At a glance, hip hop and klezmer don't seem like a natural mix.  But you ain't seen nothing yet.

Anderson and the Postmodern Jukebox band perform "Talk Dirty"... klezmer style. Photo courtesy YouTube

Russian Classic, Jewish Holiday

Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" does not seem like a natural partner for the Jewish holiday of Tu b'Shvat. But 24/6: A Jewish Theater Company paired the two, presenting an insightful, if rather nihilistic celebration of the holiday.

Chekhov for the holiday: the cast of 24/6's “TuBishVanya.” Toby Schechter

So Freud and Mahler Walk Into A Cafe...

In 1910, renowned composer and conductor Gustav Mahler met with Sigmund Freud to discuss his troubled relationship with his young wife, Alma. This became the basis for Otho Eskin’s play “Final Analysis,” now playing at the Signature Theatre. Eskin eagerly builds on the real life meeting of great minds by including several other famous figures (from Josef Stalin to philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein) who were also in Vienna around that time. The result is meant to be an exploration of the forces of love and hate in the world and what happens when conflicting worldviews clash. True, the characters rage, ache and exposit to one another in a variety of tones, but too often come off as rather lifeless and static.

Elizabeth Jasicki and Ezra Barnes in "Final Analysis." Joan Marcus

Unearthing Jerry Lewis's Holocaust Film

Jerry Lewis is known as a lighthearted slapstick comedian, and also for his charity work to fight muscular dystrophy. Few know him as the director of a Holocaust film so notorious, no clip has ever seen the light of day -- until now.

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The Blog Post My Parents Will Be Too Embarassed to Read

Are you a young Jewish adult? Are you disappointed with the lack of sexually explicit content on the Internet that relates to you ethnically, or religiously? Well, the wait is over! Jewrotica.org is here!

We shep such nachas from this man!

Judaism and Comic-Con: Reality, or Sci-Fi Fantasy?

For those of you who are not fortunate enough to have a geek/nerd/fanperson in your life, New York Comic-Con was in town the weekend of October 11th to 14th. Stepping into the Javits Center is like magic, as you are suddenly surrounded by not only other people who have an over appreciation for comic books, but crowds so thick with people dressed as Princess Leia or Inuyasha that it’s hard to move.

New York Comic-Con, back in 2007 when it was way quieter.

Tu B'What?

“It’s Tu B’Av tonight,” I say casually to my friends, waiting for them to bite.

“It’s what?”

“Oh, Tu B’Av,” I say, my inner hipster breaking free. “It’s a pretty obscure Jewish holiday. You’ve probably never heard of it.”

“What is it?”

“Well, it’s like Valentine’s Day, only better.”

“What do you do?”

“Um...”

Oh, wait, was that today?

Oh My G-d, You Guys!

What is there left to say about Mindy Meyer?

 In case you somehow haven't heard, Flatbush resident Ms. Meyer is running as the Republican candidate for the State Senate against incumbent Kevin Parker. She is young (22) and an Orthodox Jew, but that's not why she's made the national news. 

Ms. Mindy Meyer

Finally! Advice on Whether or Not Jewish Boys are Dateable!

When my friend sent me a link with “date-jewish-boy” in the URL, I had hoped that Andrew Garfield had finally decided to ask me out.  Alas, instead I was sent this article by the “Elite Daily.”

The Elite Daily, an online magazine, claims to be “The Voice of Generation-Y.”  The article is entitled “Would You Date: The Jewish Boy.”

Shown Here: Quality Journalism

Jewish groups blast Swiss anti-Islam referendum

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009 Several Jewish groups don’t care much for Switzerland’s new crackdown on Islam. This week Swiss voters approved a referendum banning the construction of minarets. The measure was pushed by the right-wing Swiss Peoples party, and passed by a surprisingly strong 57 percent majority. Leaders of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) were quick to condemn the vote.
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