Vienna

Honeymoon Spots, With Originality

02/04/2014
Special to The Jewish Week
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With Valentine’s Day around the corner, many a sparkly bauble will be proffered — and many a wedding planned as a result. After the gown is chosen and the venue booked, thoughts turn to my favorite part of any wedding conversation: the honeymoon.

Vienna has a romantic café culture. Courtesy of WeinTourismus/Peter Rigaud

Mahler's Ninth at 100: The New York Phil Gives It Its Due

Gustav Mahler was Jewish though not religious.  Yet he was superstitious.  When he began composing his ninth symphony, in 1908, he refused to name it by its number.  Many of his artistic heroes—Beethoven, Schubert, Bruckner—died before they could finish their ninth symphonies, so Mahler thought he would out-do fate and simply call it by another name.  He dubbed it “Das Lied von der Erde,” and its one of his best.

Wiener On Weiner: Two Intermarried Hot Dogs

First, let’s get this important fact out of the way. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Queens) and I are not related.

And while we both pronounce our somewhat discordant surnames WEEner, not WHYner, he spells it the wrong way. I mean, a different way.

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