“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”: What’s the Allure?

by Elliot B. Gertel   THE CW NETWORK’S Crazy Ex-Girlfriend began with Jewish lawyer Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom) running into her irresolute summer-camp crush, Filipino-American Josh Chan (Vincent Rodriguez III), and then leaving a high-powered New York job in order to stalk him in his home town of West Covina, California. Rebecca is obsessed and devious, […]

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Next Year in New Jersey

by Rebecca Boroson   “THIS IS A NIGHT for Elijah,” says 7-year-old Bram. The wind is battering the trees and sending the clouds running for cover. And it does, indeed, seem like a night for the biblical prophet, for whom Bram will open the door during the seder — and who may invisibly, if he deigns, […]

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Elijah at the White House, 2018

Another Short Play by Joel Schechter Characters: Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, Melania Trump, Jared Kushner, Secret Service agents, Children 1, 2, 3, Stormy Daniels and other guests. Setting: A Passover dinner table in the White House. We hear the Trump family singing a song about Elijah.

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“Trump’s Parade”

A SHORT PLAY by Joel Schechter   Characters include: Donald Trump . . . Army Sergeant  . . . Private . . . Kim Jong-un . . . White Horse . . . Big Button . . . White House Hairdresser . . . Chocolate Cake (kosher) . . . Miss Universe   Trump:  I want a parade with a million soldiers saluting their […]

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“My Yiddish-Speaking GPS”

by Jeffrey Kassel   THE LAST TIME I drove a car was over thirty years ago. Who needs a car in New York City? Getting a monthly spot in a garage costs more than our rent-stabilized apartment. I take the subway and bus. Real proletarian! Anyway, I needed to rent a car on business. Budget Rent-A-Car sounded […]

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Tales of the Hasidic Jazz Masters

Text and Visuals by Mikhail Horowitz from the Winter 2017-18 issue of Jewish Currents, our art calendar   I WHEN LESTER YOUNG had finally become Lester Altacocker, he rued having worn a porkpie hat for so many years. After giving it away to a Polish trombonist, he asked his rebbe, “What should I wear in its place, […]

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“One Less Lonely Girl,” A Story

by Susan Segal   BAR/BAT MITZVAH D’VAR TORAH GUIDELINES. PLEASE FILL THIS FORM OUT IN FULL, AND YOUR SPEECH WILL PRACTICALLY WRITE ITSELF. NAME: Sadie Sutherland TORAH PORTION: Balak, Numbers 22:2–25:9 1. Remember to begin and end with the traditional greeting, “Shabbat Shalom.” Explain for your non-Jewish guests that it means “good or peaceful Sabbath.” Briefly summarize […]

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A New Socialism (Actually, Three New Socialisms)

by Sparrow   IN 1990, I visited the Soviet Union for three weeks. The cities were dilapidated; the clothing looked like bags. Yet workers promenaded down the street with a pride I’d never seen in a capitalist country. Ever since, I’ve been struggling with this question of how to create a socialist society that isn’t joyless. Last year […]

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To Create More Jobs, Tax the Job Creators More!

THE MORE UNCLE SAM TAKES, THE MORE THEY’LL WANT by Gary Ferdman   LAST WEEK, Donald Trump’s chief economic advisor Gary Cohn gave new meaning to the term “speaking truth to power” by proclaiming: “The most excited group out there are big CEOs, about our tax plan.” Ever since 1974, when conservative economist Arthur Laffer sketched his infamous […]

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