Monthly Archives: January 2010

Gary Shteyngart Becomes American

Unless there is a secret pocket of Choctaw Indians that look at this site, I’m going on under the assumption that very few of us are actual “native Americans.” And if I could go out on even more of a … Read More

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Claiming J.D. Salinger (1919-2010)

Let me get this little bit out of the way right now: Louis Menand of The New Yorker wrote the following about "The Catcher in the Rye" ten years ago and I don’t think it’s been said any better and … Read More

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In Memory of Howard Zinn, an American and a Jew

A close friend called me today and notified me of Howard Zinn’s death. After a half hour of the requisite investigatory quest through the digital abyss, the news seemed to coalesce in my mind with the myriad headlines of the … Read More

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So Long, and Thanks for All the Gefilte Fish: Saying Goodbye

A twentieth-century Eastern European writer who survived a variety of wars, movements, and renamings once said that he’d lived in five countries without ever leaving his house. During the fifteen months that I’ve been the editor of Jewcy, I’ve lived … Read More

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Now You Too Can Find Your Aryan Dreamgirl (Or Boy)

Have you ever found yourself frustrated while swimming in the dating pools overt at Match and eHarmony? Have you ever spend days scouring JDate for your dreamgirl but turning up your nose at all the olive skin and dark hair? … Read More

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The Audacity of Hopelessness

“Jobs must be our focus in 2010,” President Obama said last night to thunderous applause during his State of the Union address. “We can put Americans to work today to build the America of tomorrow.” Hope oozed out of his … Read More

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The Cynicism Behind Restoring Jewish Synagogues in Arab Countries

Are we witnessing a new vogue in restoring Jewish sites in the Middle East? The renovated Maimonides synagogue in Cairo will be officially inaugurated in March to much fanfare. The Maghen Avraham Synagogue in the heart of Beirut is being … Read More

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5 Jazzy Jewesses You Should Be Listening To

Some years fly by on the winds of routine, others swirl in wild storms that change your life, views, and perceptions. Then there are years in one’s life in which the fruits of long labor begin to blossom, ripen and … Read More

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