Ted Merwin

Can Technology Be Kashered?

The provocative Jewish Theater of New York takes on haredim and the Internet.

01/14/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

Sexual images on the Internet disturb many people, but haredi Jews view them as a threat to their entire way of life.
In Tuvia Tenenbom’s new comedy, “Press #93 for Kosher Jewish Girls in Krakow,” opening this Sunday, two ultra-Orthodox yeshiva students, Moishe (Noah Schultz) and Yankee (Jon Bass) in Israel invent a “kosher cell phone” that not only circumvents pornographic content on the Internet but also enables observant Jewish men to avoid temptation by warning them whenever a girl is about to cross their path.

Serving Up Food With Attitude

The wisecracking and domineering waiter holds a mythical place in the history of American Jewish restaurants.

04/03/2009
He may be one of the last of a famous breed, but Cliff Fyman, who has worked at Sardi’s for almost two decades, is that beloved icon of New York culture: the Jewish waiter. A published poet and an accomplished visual artist, Fyman says that a blue-collar job is one that enables him “not to take my job home with me.” He tried bartending, but found that he had to talk too much with the customers and consequently had “no more words left for poetry.”

String Theory: Purim gets the puppet treatment

02/13/2009
Special To The Jewish Week
Of all the holidays in the Jewish calendar, Purim is the most theatrical. Throughout the ages, Jewish communities worldwide have naturally performed the story in different ways, in accordance with their own native theatrical traditions. In 18th-century Prague, since itinerant puppeteers provided much of the entertainment seen by the common people, a marionette version of “Queen Esther” was one of the hits of the day.

Family Feud, Kabul Style

In every age and throughout every attempt to annihilate the Jewish people, what the Prophet Isaiah called the “saving remnant” has kept Judaism alive. Now comes Seth Rozin’s new comedy at the New Jersey Rep,

12/09/2009
Special to the Jewish Week

In every age and throughout every attempt to annihilate the Jewish people, what the Prophet Isaiah called the “saving remnant” has kept Judaism alive. Now comes Seth Rozin’s new comedy at the New Jersey Rep, “Two Jews Walk Into a War...,” in which the two last Jews in Afghanistan, members of a community that was almost destroyed during the Soviet invasion and the subsequent rise of the Taliban, need to work through mutual animosity to preserve the Jewish heritage.

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