The Six Holiday Components of Khanike

by Judith Seid Adapted from her God-Optional Judaism, Blue Thread Books, 2017. Statue of Liberty Menorah by Mae Rockland Tupa. KHANIKE IS RICH in meaning, with all six classic holiday components: primitive, seasonal, historical, religious, national, and ethical. The primitive and seasonal components have to do with the winter solstice. Like many cultures, the Jews […]

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The Short Season, Part 2

HUSTLING FULL-TIME IN THE CATSKILLS by Elliot Podwill   To read Part 1, click here.   THE SOCIAL DARWINIAN universe we inhabited filtered down to adolescent social mores. A friend in high school was on several occasions turned down for dates by girls because his family car was dingy. (No subways or buses ran in South Fallsburg.) […]

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What Am I, Chopped Liver?

MICHAEL WEX CHEWS ON JEWISH CULINARY CULTURE By Naomi Rothberg From the Summer 2016 issue of Jewish Currents Discussed in this essay: Rhapsody in Schmaltz: Yiddish Food and Why We Can’t Stop Eating It, by Michael Wex. St. Martin’s Press, 2016, 320 pages. THE WORD ‘RHAPSODY’ has several meanings. All of them apply to Michael […]

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Susan Reimer-Torn: Upper West Side #1

by Susan Reimer-Torn I returned to my native New York City after spending twenty-two years in self-exile, working and raising a family in Paris. During those decades away, I was on the run from my family and friends’ obsession with the Jewish Question. When I took off for France while still in my twenties, I […]

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