Wizards of Wit: How
Jews Revolutionized Comedy in America.
Part III: 1990- 2002-From
the Margins to the Mainstream
by Arie Kaplan
In the '70s and '80s, Jewish performers--and Jewish characters--were largely
relegated to supporting roles; by the '90s, they had emerged as leads. The
public's acceptance of this phenomenon affirmed that "Jewishness"
had finally become an integral part of America's pop-culture landscape...Full
Oops! I Shouldn't
Say This....or Should I?
by Margaret Moers Wenig
To the rabbis, gossip is a serious crime; to anthropologists, it plays
a crucial role in negotiating human relationships. For the rest of us,
it presents a dilemma: how to talk about people without hurting them and
the communities we share...Full text
Ethnicity Is Not Judaism
by David Essex
The biggest threat to Jewish survival is not intermarriage, but the message
born Jews send to potential converts like myself. Bringing non-Jews into
Judaism is essential for the Jewish future--and yet many non-Jews will
never feel connected to the Jewish people as long as so many born Jews
cling to "ethnic baggage" in defining their Jewish identity...Full
PUNISHMENT ON TRIAL
Does Judaism Condone Capital Punishment?
by Rabbi Dan Polish
Supporters of the death penalty often cite the Bible to bolster their
position. "Ye shall take no ransom for the life of a murderer...he
shall surely be put to death" (Numbers 35:31). Indeed, the Torah
specifies a full litany of offenses for which a person may be put to death,
including murder, idolatry, blasphemy, adultery, violating the Sabbath,
wizardry, and rebelling against one's parents...Full
by Bonny V. Fetterman
A Nation of Words
by Miriam Weinstein
Yiddish is not just a folk variant of German, says Miriam Weinstein
in her spirited history of the language....
by Alan M. Dershowitz
Alan Dershowitz, the author of Chutzpah, has never shied
from controversial cases and issues...Full
2001-2002 Year in Review
by Emily Grotta
and Brian Levinson
In a world
torn by violence and pain, a world far from wholeness, a world waiting
still to be redeemed, give us, O Source of good, the courage to
say: There is one God in heaven and earth.
-Gates of Prayer for Shabbat
in our lives have the words of the G'ulah prayer been so
poignant or rung so true. The events of September 11 changed our
world and destroyed our innocence...Full
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