Between the jokes, which are divided into 23 brief sections, Baum sprinkles light analysis and commentary. She tacitly proposes that what unites and explains the less recent humor in these pages is the outsider status Jews have endured almost everywhere and almost always. Only professional, consummate outsiders could make a joke out of a Jewish panhandler pretending to be Christian next to a confessed Jewish one: The goyim’s dislike of Jews will make them give double to “the Christian.” (This joke — or the Jewish plight it references — had no respect for the Iron Curtain. I heard a version of it from my grandfather.) … [Read more...] about Collection of Jewish jokes shouldn’t shy from the sorrow behind the humor
Jonestown has "kind of been fractured over the years for a number of reasons, and since the Albemarle Square has been built … the community as a whole has never really developed this overall identity," McGilloway said. "They need to kind of take control of their identity or else the negative identity will take control of them." … [Read more...] about With new logo, Jonestown wants to raise its profile
Roth would give no quarter to such claims nor to the implication that an artist carries some extra-moral burden to defend the public image of his ethnic identity. In a brilliant essay called “Writing About Jews” published in Commentary in 1963, he decried the public-relations concerns of his critics: “Looking at fiction as they do — in terms of ‘approval’ and ‘disapproval’ of Jews, ‘positive’ and ‘negative’ attitudes toward Jewish life — they are likely not to see what it is that the story is really about.” And what every great story is really always about is a particular character. “He is not meant to represent The Jew, or Jewry,” Roth wrote, “nor does the story indicate that it is the writer’s intention that he be so understood by the reader.” … [Read more...] about Philip Roth died before he could win a Nobel Prize. He didn’t need it.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister kicked off the unofficial start of his new election campaign with a move straight out of his old playbook: attacking the media and pandering to his nationalist base. … [Read more...] about Israeli PM infuses campaign with anti-media incitement
As I said before, the issue of whether such a contraption is allowed under Jewish law is actually not too difficult to work out. The laws don’t talk about whether the Sukkah needs to be in place the whole holiday. In fact, if you think about the origins of the holiday, the Israelites in the desert were on the move for the entire 40-year journey, and farmers in the fields living in Sukkahs would have needed to move them often to get from field to field. The very nature of the holiday is on the move, so it really makes some sense that the huts could catch a ride in a pickup or on a trailer. … [Read more...] about Chabad’s Sukkah-Mobiles Put The High Holidays Into High Gear