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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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“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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Christmas with the Trumps. Khanike, Too.

A SHORT PLAY by Joel Schechter (Donald Trump enters dressed as Santa Claus, backed by scenery of  a Christmas tree forest, a sleigh, and one red-nosed reindeer. Trump hands out axes to audience members.) Trump:  It’s Christmas time, America! And I’m giving you a big, beautiful Christmas present. Ivanka: It’s a Khanike gift, too. Alt-Right Torch […]

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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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Letter to Nimrod

by Dan Grossman   YOUR HIGHNESS, six months ago you rose to power on a bold pledge: to build a tower to heaven. You told crowds that it would be “big” and “beautiful” and “create a million jobs,” and when you chanted “And who will pay for the tower?” we all screamed, “Heaven!” As you […]

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The Inquisition Murders a Playwright

António José da Silva, a leading playwright in early 18th century Portugal, was garroted and burned by the Inquisition in Lisbon on this date in 1739 at age 34, two years after being arrested for “Judaizing.” Da Silva had been born in Brazil in 1705 to a successful converso family, but when his mother was deported to Portugal in […]

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Can Satire Undermine Donald Trump?

THE INCONSISTENCY OF THE PRESIDENT SHOW by Alessio Franko WATCHING Donald J. Trump descend a hotel escalator in June 2015 to announce his presidential run, an ecstatic Jon Stewart called it “comedy hospice.” Stewart would glide through the final weeks of his legendary seventeen-year stint at The Daily Show, slinging jokes that practically wrote themselves about […]

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