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The Bank Teller’s Game

The Bank Teller’s Game
By April 1, 2008

Called by Library Journal “one of the most important writers working today,” Michael Brodsky is very much a writer for an idealized tomorrow. He was born in the Bronx in 1951, and lives in the seclusion nearest to Manhattan, namely … Read More

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The Mystery of Jewish and Aryan Chess

The Mystery of Jewish and Aryan Chess
By April 1, 2008

Writer Alex Epstein’s enigmatic short fiction has been hailed by Israeli critics as reminiscent of Borges and Kafka. Certainly, many of his stories can be read as ironic, philosophical parables. The following story reveals Epstein’s concern with the history of … Read More

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Watercycle

Watercycle
By April 1, 2008

Birth. Soul. Spirit. Death. All cycles of life are overlapped in Gina Grafos‘ life and in work. Raised in a Jewish, evangelical Christian, Greek Orthodox family, Grafos’ perception of belief was left quite askew. Her work now deals with the … Read More

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Yiddish Poems by Boris Karloff

Yiddish Poems by Boris Karloff
By April 1, 2008

Mastermind It seems clear that all is gone, All in all and one by one, Yet pretending it doesn’t matter Greeting with a smile all kind Seems considerably better, Never mind!… The voice grows gray Metallic sound Recalling souls nowhere … Read More

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The Russification of Jewish-American Fiction

The Russification of Jewish-American Fiction
By April 1, 2008

What would our Passover Seders have been like without our unfortunate brethren suffering under the Soviet yoke? “In every generation,” our Haggadahs insisted, “we must think and feel as if we had personally come out of Egypt.” But it was … Read More

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Street Seders for the Global Climate Crisis

Street Seders for the Global Climate Crisis
By April 1, 2008

This year, Passover converges with Earth Day. And it does so at a time when the global climate crisis can no longer be ignored, calling for us to take bold action. Taking inspiration from “street theater,” we propose holding “street … Read More

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Epicure on Rye – A Profile of Gary Shteyngart

Epicure on Rye – A Profile of Gary Shteyngart
By April 1, 2008

A compatriot of mine once said of Russian foreign policy that it was a riddle wrapped in an enigma cloaked in a mystery. Gary Shteyngart (himself a product of Russian policy), is an epicure wrapped in a best-selling novelist, cloaked … Read More

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Shoah Madness

Shoah Madness
By April 1, 2008

Translation is not the simple act of looking a word up in a dictionary. Cultural connotation and context are often crucial to understanding a translation that might have a very different meaning from the one intended. Such is the case … Read More

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