Sholem Aleichem: Pity for Living Creatures

Thoughts of a Silly Boy by Sholem Aleichem Translated by Yankl Stillman Originally published in the January-February 2009 issue of Jewish Currents   ‘IF YOU WANT to be a good little boy, you can help us grate horseradish, until we get done preparing the fish for the holiday.” That’s what my mother said to me, […]

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July 11: The Jewish Bullfighter

Sidney Franklin (Frumkin), the first American Jew to become a renowned bullfighter, was born in Brooklyn on this date in 1903. By 1922 he was in Mexico, working as a matador. He would soon become a celebrity amid the grotesquerie of the bullring, appearing in Spain, Portugal, Mexico, Colombia, and Panama. “Franklin,” wrote Ernest Hemingway […]

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Why I Became Vegetarian at Age 86

It’s Never Too Late to Change the World by Sherrey Reim Glickman I want people to know who I was! Born in 1924 into a Jewish immigrant household in Brooklyn, I was raised on chicken soup, meatloaf, pot roast, gefilte fish, hamburgers, hot dogs, and steak. I loved them all, never questioning what the source […]

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July 6: Peter Singer

Philosopher and animal rights proponent Peter Singer was born on this date in 1946 in Melbourne, Australia. His parents were Viennese Jews who fled the Nazis in 1938; his three grandparents were killed during the Holocaust.  Singer spent most of his academic career in Melbourne until joining the faculty of Princeton University in 1999. In […]

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