Short Takes

Beyond Kvetch And Kvell

11/20/2012
Staff Writer

From alte kaker, or old man in Yiddish, to zatar, an Israeli spice, Americans’ Jewish identity has long flavored their English.

Now a professor has harnessed the Internet to collect those heimish (cozy and warm) expressions that have made their way into the vernacular from sources including, but not limited to, Aramaic, Ladino, Yiddish and Hebrew.

Sara Benor. Bill Aron

Thanksgiving Thursday, Then #GivingTuesday

11/20/2012
Staff Writer

Sol Adler, executive director of the 92nd Street Y, got special delight out of paying some bills on the Chase Bank website on Sunday — before logging off, he noticed an announcement for “Giving Tuesday,” a national program under the Y’s auspices that will start next week.

Sol Adler: Project part of Y’s tikkun olam mandate.

Big Data, Big Crush

11/13/2012
Staff Writer

Jews who find geeks cute finally have a replacement for Jonah Lehrer.

But it is not getting in the way of Kosherfest, the annual trade show of the kosher food industry scheduled for Nov.13-14.

Remember him, the intellectual It boy? He fell from grace this summer after revelations that he fabricated Bob Dylan quotes.

It figures: Numbers cruncher Nate Silver is new “geek heartthrob.”

Back In The Old Neighborhood

11/13/2012
Managing Editor

They may have been sitting in plush chairs in the ornate sanctuary of a synagogue in the Silk Stocking district, but for one night last week authors and journalists Leon Wieseltier and Yossi Klein Halevi were two sons of Brooklyn back in their native borough.

Jewish Week’s Gary Rosenblatt, right, leads discussion with Leon Wieseltier, left, and Yossi Klein Halevi. michael datikash

Kosherfest Carries On

11/06/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Hurricane Sandy may have crippled New York and New Jersey, knocking out power, displacing thousands from their homes, complicating the elections and, after some mayoral flip-flopping, leading to the cancellation of the New York Marathon.

But it is not getting in the way of Kosherfest, the annual trade show of the kosher food industry scheduled for Nov.13-14.

Foodie fest: Last year’s pre-Kosherfest social media event.

Acoustic Strings Attached To Israel

11/06/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Oren Neiman is sitting in his Westchester apartment with no electricity, yet another victim of Hurricane Sandy. Fortunately, his musical partner Gilad Ben Zvi still has power, “and we’re spending a lot of time there,” Neiman sheepishly admits.

Oren Neiman and Gilad Ben Zvi are the Isra-Alien guitar duo. Robert Curtis

Wiesel And Hanks: New Fast Friends

10/23/2012

Few would put the names Elie Wiesel, Tom Hanks and Sting in the same sentence, much less the men themselves in the same room.

But there they were last week in the majestic Celeste Bartos Forum of the New York Public Library where The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity honored the Hollywood actor, producer and humanitarian with its inaugural Arts for Humanity Award, and the famed British musician performed for his celebrity friend

Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Elie Wiesel and Christiane Amanpour at the Wiesel Foundation’s gala.

Mitt Romney, Your Bubbe

10/23/2012

Big Bird. Binders. “A bunch of stuff.” Another Internet meme has joined the slew spawned by the election. But this time, unlike the Irish “malarkey,” it’s got a Jewish ethnic angle.

Mitt Romney used the word “tumult” several times in Monday night’s debate to refer to the results of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy in the Middle East, appropriately stirring up a storm of discussion online and in traditional media.

Such “tumult”: Did Mitt Romney use a word he thought may be Yiddish to appeal to Jewish voters?

From PJ To Posters

10/16/2012

As soon as next week, a staff meeting at the Shorefront Y in Brighton Beach will begin with a dozen employees of the Brooklyn facility looking at a few posters.

Philanthropist Harold Grinspoon

Rabbi To Sarah Silverman: Get Married Already

10/16/2012

The comedian Sarah Silverman drew chuckles four years ago with her video urging young Jews to convince their grandparents in Florida to vote for Barack Obama. But a Dallas rabbi is not laughing about her latest pro-Obama video.

In an open letter to Silverman that has generated a firestorm of criticism on the Internet, Rabbi Yaakov Rosenblatt, who is Orthodox, gives Silverman a verbal whip lashing for her video, “Let My People Vote.”

Dallas rabbi who blasts comic Sarah Silverman for not being married gets an earful. Getty images
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