OpEdge: Making of Our Tables One Table

TRUMP AND THE FEAR OF DIFFERENCE by Marc Jampole   SOMETHING QUITE WONDERFUL happened to my wife and me the other day during our annual public humiliation, which is how we refer to our one trip a year to buy sweet kosher wine — always for our seder. We entered the neighborhood liquor store near Hunter College and sheepishly asked […]

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What It Means to Be Jew-ish

A FILIPINO CONVERSIO’S JEWISH SCHOOL YEAR by Regine Guevara A year into my Master’s program in Coexistence and Conflict Resolution at Brandeis University outside Boston, I found my peace of mind. I began to figure out why I have been doing the things I do, why I have been drawn to this field, to my […]

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February 4: Aliens’ Badass Chicana

Remember the character PFC Jenette Vasquez in James Cameron’s 1986 sci-fi classic, Aliens? She toted a 65-pound weapon that had “Adios” scrawled on it, and wore a muscle shirt with “Loco” emblazoned on the back — and she was played by 5’2″ Jenette Elise Goldstein, born on this date in Los Angeles in 1960. Aliens […]

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April 28: Muhammad Ali’s Grandson

Jacob Wertheimer, grandson of American boxing champion Muhammad Ali, became a bar mitsve on this date in 2012 at Rodeph Shalom in Philadelphia. The young man is the son of Khaliah Ali, the champ’s daughter, and her husband Spencer Wertheimer. “I was born and raised as a Muslim,” the mother said. “But I’m not into […]

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O My America: My People in Charleston, SC

AS I WROTE two days ago, on my way down to South Carolina, two fundamentalist clowns on the radio tried to convert me. Tonight, in Charleston, I experienced how Southern Jews have, at least in some cases, influenced the South to be more inclusive. The locale was Hyman’s Seafood, a sprawling restaurant and general store […]

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Channel Esther: Protestants

by Esther Cohen Although my job path was askew, the word crooked doesn’t do it justice, and neither does meandering. Although I could not tell you with a great deal of certainty where I worked and when, the 1970s and even some of the ’80s brought an unusual number of jobs to me. Some were […]

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Poetry of Difference and Stigma

Two Debut Poetry Books by Women by Janlori Goldman From the Winter 2013-2014 issue of Jewish Currents Reviewed in this Essay: She Has a Name, by Kamilah Aisha Moon. Stahlecker Selections, Four Way, 2013, 84 pages; Viral, by Suzanne Parker. Alice James Books, 2013, 80 pages. FIRST BOOKS OF POETRY CAN BE VIEWED AS THEIR […]

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No More Enemies #2

by Deb Reich I have often wondered if the Jewish Israeli fundamentalists who want to expel all Arabs, foreigners, non-Jews, etc., and create a country with only people like themselves in it have ever truly taken the time to look down the road at the ultimate outcome of what they aspire to do. The same […]

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