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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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Yiddish Vilna Before the Destruction

COLORFUL SKETCHES FROM THE INTERWAR YEARS by Martha Roth From the Autumn 2016 issue of Jewish Currents Discussed in this essay: Vilna My Vilna: Stories by Abraham Karpinowitz, translated from the Yiddish by Helen Mintz. Syracuse University Press, 2016, 216 pages. WHAT A PLACE it  must have been — the Jerusalem of Lithuania,  the Paris […]

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The Women’s March

by Jessica G. de Koninck CARVED ABOVE the granite entrance to the Dupont Circle metro station in Washington, D.C. is a quote from Walt Whitman: I thread my way through the hospitals . . . I recognize these words as his even before I see the name — the sad recollections of a Civil War […]

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Going Mad

AND GETTING MAD ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT from the Autumn 2016 issue of Jewish Currents by Anonymous   LIKE TOO MANY other people, I can’t remember a time in my life when I haven’t been bullied. I’ve always been the weird, uncool, socially awkward girl. In middle school, I was made fun of for being […]

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My Lost Florida

A Memoir (1943-2011) by Howard R. Wolf I AM, by NASA’s and National Geographic’s standard, to say nothing of Marco Polo’s, Somerset Maugham’s, and Orwell’s, an ordinary traveler, but life compelled me nonetheless to make a demanding journey over time and space: to visit South Florida innumerable times between 1943 and 2012, with the most poignant […]

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Translating Amos Oz to the Big Screen

by Dan Grossman “A FULFILLED DREAM is a disappointed dream,” goes the voice-over at the end of A Tale of Love and Darkness, a new film directed by Natalie Portman based on Amos Oz’s 2001 memoir. The line is spoken while a teenage Oz shows his father around the kibbutz where Oz has fled from […]

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Gevalt, How Did This Happen?

GETTING OLD, STAYING VITAL by Zelda Gamson from the Summer 2016 issue of Jewish Currents Either you will go through this door or you will not go through. If you go through there is always the risk of remembering your name. Things look at you doubly and you must look back and let them happen. […]

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What Remains

Finding Yiddish by Janice Segal Weizman YIDDISH TALES. The book lies casually, almost coyly, on my desk. It’s a hardcover bound in fading blue cloth, a 1946 reprint of a 1912 collection of Yiddish stories translated into English. I found it in a used book store in Tel Aviv, and though the volume’s dusty presence […]

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Among Young Communists in the Bronx

by Marissa Piesman Discussed in this essay: A Distant Heartbeat: A War, a Disappearance, and a Family’s Secrets, by Eunice Lipton. University of Mexico Press, 2016, 176 pages. I WILL WILLINGLY read any book in which “YCL” (Young Communists League) and “Tremont Avenue” appear in the same sentence — and Eunice Lipton’s family memoir was […]

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