Entries from March 2017

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

In a time of walls, Ladino is a bridge

A Sephardic studies scholar sees preserving Ladino as an ‘act of resistance’ against Trump By JOSEPHIN DOLSTEN (JTA) — One-year-old Vidal doesn’t know the significance behind the lullaby his father sings him at bedtime. He knows it helps him fall asleep, but not that the Ladino song is part of an effort to teach him […]

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

A life onscreen

The Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival puts the Jewish experience front and center By MAX SPARBER Jewish filmmakers can be strangely touchy about Jewish subjects. Although arguably the first film blockbuster was an explicitly Jewish story — 1927’s The Jazz Singer, about a cantor’s son — it’s surprising how often films have minimized or even […]

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

J Street’s youth movement takes center stage

Photos and Story by MORDECAI SPECKTOR So let me be very clear: to oppose the policies of a right-wing government in Israel does not make one anti-Israel or an anti-Semite. We can oppose the policies of President Trump without being anti-American. We can oppose the policies of Netanyahu without being anti-Israel. We can oppose the […]

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Sen. Al Franken is in the news

During an interview in his Senate office, Franken discussed the president’s problem coming to grips with anti-Semitism, and some of Trump’s other problems By MORDECAI SPECKTOR WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Hart Senate Office Building, near the U.S. Capitol, projects a cold vibe. The interior architectural style could be categorized as Federal Courthouse-Mausoleum Modern. However, the […]

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Author offers advice for a life of wonder

There’s a saying, “It’s your mind playing tricks on you.” Author Estelle Frankel, a licensed marriage counselor, family and child therapist and teacher of Jewish mysticism, admits that her mind got in the habit of “filling in the blanks” with the worst possible outcomes. Her husband remarked on her “genius for worry.” In The Wisdom […]

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Sen. Al Franken will oppose David Friedman as Israel envoy

By MORDECAI SPECKTOR During an interview in his Washington Senate office on Monday, Sen. Al Franken told the Jewish World that he will vote against the confirmation of David Friedman, President Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. ambassador to Israel. Franken said that Friedman, who testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, visited his office recently. […]

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Jewish takeaways from Trump’s speech to Congress

By RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Donald Trump’s speech to a joint meeting of Congress is getting rave reviews for the subdued, “presidential” style of his delivery, and positive feedback from the Jewish community for opening remarks denouncing anti-Semitic acts as examples of “hate and evil.” But there ensues the inevitable Trumpian conundrum: What […]

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Are you hip to cadur-reshet?

This women’s sport you’ve never heard of is taking Israel by storm By ANDREW TOBIN TEL AVIV (JTA) — Every week, thousands of women across Israel gather to play a sport almost no one outside the country has heard of. For that matter, few Israelis knew about catchball — or cadur-reshet in Hebrew — a […]