Monthly Archives: June 2009

The First Basket

While you may not associate Jews with basketball skills, it might surprise you to discover that the very first basket in professional basketball was sunk not by a 6’5" phenom but by a Jewish kid. That mythical basket, as well … Read More

Posted in Posts | Tagged | Leave a comment

The Sacrifice of Isaac (‘s Foreskin)

The following is an excerpt from Sam Apple’s new book American Parent: My Strange and Surprising Modern Adventures in Babyland. Thirty minutes before the start of my son Isaac’s circumcision, I had almost everything I thought we needed for a … Read More

Posted in Posts | Tagged | 619 Comments

Jewcy Zeitgeist: More Human Traffickers, Passenger Overboard, and Palin and Letterman BFF Again

Here are today’s top stories in no particular order: The Iranian election saga went into day four as thousands of people took to the streets in Tehran today. These demonstrations are the biggest since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The annual "Trafficking in … Read More

Posted in Arts & Culture | 1 Comment

Seir Cafe

1. Jake I look up again at the sign, and it seems this must be the right place. It says Seir Cafe, in bold letters, broken neon lights filling up the antique-looking script, and I think of my family, think … Read More

Posted in Arts & Culture | 1 Comment

Everywhere But There

The only consolation about Benjamin Netanyahu’s second government is that two months into office it appears to be the most universally disliked in Israel’s 61-year history. Whether at home or abroad, no one, it seems, has anything good to say … Read More

Posted in Posts | Tagged | 6 Comments

The Holocaust… Not Just for Jews

“The Holocaust is a uniquely Jewish event.” So sayeth Assemblyman Dov Hikind, representative of Brooklyn. You might not be aware that Nazi Germany, in addition to murdering six million Jews, also managed to snuff out the lives of some five … Read More

Posted in Religion & Beliefs | Tagged | 38 Comments

Jewcy Zeitgeist: Ohio Repels College Grads, Cat Killer Nabbed, and Canadian Government Overthrow

Here are today’s top stories in no particular order: At least three of the hostages abducted in Yemen last week have been killed. They disappeared while picnicking on Friday. Reports say as many as nine could have been killed. In an … Read More

Posted in Arts & Culture | 1 Comment

Noah vs Cousin Moishe, Part III

This is the third installment in the saga of Noah, a secular Jew who is happily engaged to a non-Jewish woman, and his baal teshuvah cousin Moishe. Moishe emailed Noah to express his displeasure with Noah’s choice of a bride, … Read More

Posted in Religion & Beliefs | 9 Comments