About Jo Ellen Green Kaiser

Jo Ellen Green Kaiser is the Editor-in-chief of Zeek magazine, available at www.jewcy.com/zeek and also at www.zeek.net .She is the co-editor of Righteous Indignation: A Jewish Call for Justice (www.righteousindignation.info) and the mom of Zoe.

Borges and the Jews-Part III

By June 30, 2009

In Part I of this series, author Ilan Stavans explored Borges’ self-identification as a Jew. Part II focused on Borges’ infatuation with Kabbalah. Here, Stavans argues that Borges carefully styled himself as a literary son of Jewish precursors. "Each writer … Read More

The Neglected Poetry of Yossel Birstein

By June 30, 2009

This summer, Zeek has been re-examining the work of Yiddish writer Yossel Birstein. Our summer print issue includes a never-before translated Birstein story; here, we offer Andrew Firestone’s discussion of Birstein’s only book of poems, written when he was living … Read More

Queer Liturgy

By June 26, 2009

Why do we pray? What do we pray for? Liturgy raises the most fundamental theological questions, daily, if we pay attention. But we rarely do. We are born into or find a denomination, are born into or find a congregation, … Read More

Seir Cafe

By June 16, 2009

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

Borges and the Jews-Part II

By June 12, 2009

In Part I of this series, author Ilan Stavans explored Borges’ self-identification as a Jew. This next section focuses on Borges’ infatuation with Kabbalah. I feel a contentment in defeat. -J.L.B., "Deutches Requiem" I said that Borges was a rara … Read More

Meditations on Nomadology

By June 5, 2009

Meditations on Nomadology "Then later, people would ask me ‘Who are you? Where do you come from?’ and I didn’t know what to say." I am not the place where I have come from and I am not the place … Read More

Borges and the Jews

By June 3, 2009

If I am not one of Thy repetitions or errata…-J.L.B., “The Secret Miracle” Throughout his life, Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) was overwhelmed by a strange feeling of unworthiness. He was, he claimed, unworthy of friendship, love, and public attention. The … Read More

Jews in the World at the End of Philo-Semitism

By May 29, 2009

The half century after World War II was a period of unusual, perhaps unique international attention to the Jewish people (as opposed to Jewish concepts of God and religion).  Spurred by the horrors of the Holocaust and what once-upon-a time … Read More