In watching and enjoying the oeuvre of Jewish Hollywood juggernaut Judd Apatow -- the "40-Year-Old-Virgin," "Knocked Up," "Bridesmaids" -- I have noticed that the romantic connection of a Jewish man to a woman who isn’t Jewish is a kind of recurring motif. Sometimes it’s implicit; sometimes it’s mined for its comic value.
In an early election-season speech, in a campaign that finds the presidential incumbent often under attack as – at best – lukewarm to the interests of Israel, Vice President Biden delivered what he considered a knockout punch last week.
President Obama, Biden declared during a speech at New York University marking Israel’s 64th anniversary, is second only to the commander-in-chief widely considered the Jewish State’s best friend ever in the White House.
How will the death of Benzion Netanyahu, the father of Israel’s prime minister who died in Jerusalem on Monday, at 102, affect his powerful son? I don’t have a clue, though some, like Jeffrey Goldberg, have posited that it might—might—make the prime minister a little bit more willing to compromise with Israel's Arab neighbors. Rather than play Nostr
It’s been more than a week since Holocaust Remembrance Day, but I still have not heard a rational explanation of why students attending a play shouted encouragement during scenes depicting Jews being beaten and killed by Nazis.
“Hit him harder,” one student cried out as a kapo beat a Jew.
“Well done,” shouted another.
Others cheered and applauded the work of the Nazis.
This took place not in the United States or Europe but in the Cameri Theater in Tel Aviv before an audience of hundreds of Jewish high school students!!!
I must confess that when Jewish articles appear in mainstream papers like The New York Times and Wall Street Journal, I feel a bit ambivalent, in a way that’s similar to how Jews often feel upon seeing a member of the Tribe marry into a prominent gentile family.
Edgar Bronfman, the funder behind the Samuel Bronfman Foundation (named for his father) last week signed Warren Buffet’s “Giving Pledge” by which he committed to giving away more than half of his wealth to philanthropic causes and charitable organizations, either during his lifetime, or in his will.
The Jewish landmarks of my childhood in the Jewish section of north Buffalo are now Christian.
Temple Emanu-El, the Conservative congregation where I became bar mitzvah under the tutelage of one of the denomination’s most prominent scholars, Rabbi Isaac Klein, is now a church. So is the Modern Orthodox shul down the block. And another synagogue a few blocks away.
Over the weekend, you may have caught the engrossing New York Times profile of a New York society don—one Alan Z. Feuer—who had a mysterious past. I didn’t bother reading it when I first picked up my Sunday print copy—it was buried in the paper, in the scrappy Metropolitan section. But then I got one email after another, from family members, friends, recommending it, all with that guilt-inducing epigram: “must read.”
Yesterday I had the privilege of wandering around four Jewish cemeteries. It was a perfect spring day: sunny, clear and temperate, with blossoms, flowers and other (blessedly not-too-allergenic) new life everywhere.