Entries from January 2018

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

When Jews came from ‘shithole’ countries

While congressmen in the 1920s may not have used Trump’s language, they were also opposed to letting in people from so-called ‘shithole’ countries By BEN SALES NEW YORK (JTA) — Jews were “undesirable.” They were “of low physical and mental standards.” They were “filthy.” They were “often dangerous in their habits.” They were “un-American.” So […]

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

Will Abbas’ rant kill the peace process?

‘Today is the day that the Oslo Accords end,’ Mahmoud Abbas said By RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Oslo Accords? “Killed,” the Palestinian Authority president says, blaming Israel. The Israeli prime minister says the Palestinians are now “unmasked” — but naturally he blames the Palestinians. Notably, the United States is silent. The P.A. president, […]

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

‘We Spoke Jewish’: The traditions they left behind

We Spoke Jewish looks at the experience of Jewish immigrants in Minnesota by MAX SPARBER Community News Editor The Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest, along with editor Susan Weinberg, has produced a lovely and lavishly illustrated book titled We Spoke Jewish: A Legacy in Stories. The book combines interviews with Jewish Minnesotans, largely […]

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

Rabbi Berel Pewzner on Jews of Grand Cayman

An interview with Rabbi Berel Pewzner, of the Chabad Cayman Jewish Community By MICHAEL A. APPLEMAN The Appleman family has vacationed in Grand Cayman (an hour from Miami) since 1982. We found our Shangri-La in the pristine white sandy beaches and world class scuba diving — but no shul to celebrate Jewish holidays. Thanks to […]

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

Mrs. Mindelle Feller: Warming souls

Mrs. Mindelle Feller, a leader in the  Chabad-Lubavitch community, dies at age 75 by MAX SPARBER Community News Editor Mindelle Feller, one of the first Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries in the United States and a leader in the Jewish community of the Upper Midwest area for more than 56 years, died Dec. 6, 2017. She was 75 […]

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

Dara Horn: The eternal Jew

Eternal Life, by Dara Horn, Norton, 233 pages, $25.95 Reviewed by NEAL GENDLER If you think you’d like to live forever, novelist Dara Horn’s protagonist Rachel would suggest thinking again. Rachel of Eternal Life has been around for 2,000 years, and she’s weary of it. She’s had numerous husbands — sometimes happily — and buried […]

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

Eli Valley: Cartoons for the crisis

Eli Valley will show and tell about his cartoon art Jan. 24, as part of the Twin Cities Jewish Humor Festival By MORDECAI SPECKTOR During a September 2017 appearance on Ari Melber’s MSNBC show, cartoonist Eli Valley said, regarding the aim of his politically-pointed artwork: “I want to contribute to making anyone who’s involved, even […]

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

Isaac Sidel makes a final appearance in Jerome Charyn’s ‘Winter Warning’

  Prolific author Jerome Charyn wraps up his Isaac Sidel mystery series with Winter Warning (Pegasus Crime), a noir thriller that sets a pistol-packing, Jewish U.S. president on a collision course with White House rivals, Russian gangsters and private mercenaries. In a story set in the 1980s, former New York City mayor Sidel — whose […]

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

Lorde cancels her concert in Israel

Lorde is far from the first artist to take political considerations into account when deciding whether or not to perform in the Jewish state By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN (JTA) — Pop star Lorde’s decision to cancel her scheduled concert in Israel has sparked some fierce reactions, even if most of them were expected. The 21-year-old New […]

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

Explaining Judaism to Muslims — in Arabic

‘People of the Book’ is a series of short animated videos that explain Jewish faith and ritual in Arabic By BEN SALES (JTA) — Is it true that Judaism doesn’t accept converts? Is it true that Jews have to wash their hands before they pray? Is it true that Jews have historically killed their prophets? […]