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3rd Annual Broadway Purim Shpiel

3rd Annual Broadway Purim Shpiel
By March 7, 2007

Jewcy was invited to attend the Third Annual Broadway Purim Shpiel, uh, spectacular extravaganza, this weekend and, in lieu of a competent individual, the magazine decided to send me. I was even given a camera in hopes that I might … Read More

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Eric Hobsbawm’s Stalinist Homage to Catalonia

Eric Hobsbawm’s Stalinist Homage to Catalonia
By March 5, 2007

Orwell and the Spanish Civil War are all the rage again. Perhaps brought on by the fusion of fantasy and reality that was the international box office success Pan’s Labyrinth, Western intellectuals have swooped down on the warmed-over carrion of … Read More

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At the Mikveh, Age Four

At the Mikveh, Age Four
By March 1, 2007

For weeks my brothers flooded me with tales of drowning, said the special pool was where young girls sank and did not rise again. When we appeared at the mikveh & attempt to quell the swell of non-Jewish blood swimming … Read More

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A Better Shakespearean Sonnet for Valentine’s Day

A Better Shakespearean Sonnet for Valentine’s Day
By February 14, 2007

With all due respect to Robert Pinsky, it’s not often that Shakespeare’s glorious sequence to “W.H.” is credited with lesbian overtones. Here’s one example of suspected girle-on-girle action, at least according to the excellent Stephen Booth’s annotated Sonnets. What potions … Read More

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Can Sophie’s Choice Be Me?

Can Sophie’s Choice Be Me?
By February 7, 2007

Paul Auster, widely regarded as one of the most respected writers in the world of confusing, existential meta-narratives, promoted his newest book, Travels in the Scriptorium, at the Union Square Barnes & Noble bookstore in New York City. The event … Read More

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On Jewish Writing

On Jewish Writing
By February 1, 2007

1. She was eating a sandwich. What is Jewish writing? If I am Jewish, is that poem I showed you Jewish? If you are Jewish, does your reading make it so? Is it like this sandwich? Is it Jewish, or … Read More

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Ask a Jew a Question and Get a Y-Love Answer

Ask a Jew a Question and Get a Y-Love Answer
By January 1, 2007

“Sing to the Lord a new song… sing to the Lord, all the earth.” Psalms 96 The question: Why do Jews so often pray with the phrase “Our God and God of our fathers?” The answer: If we come to … Read More

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Murder in Amsterdam

Murder in Amsterdam
By December 5, 2006

The Amsterdam apartment where Anne Frank began her diary before going into hiding from the Nazis has been restored to the style of the 1930s to create a refuge for persecuted writers….Using photographs from the family archive and a letter … Read More

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