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David Kaufmann

  • Jewgrass adds a new song to the South

    March 20, 2008 | 6:00 pm


    Margot Leverett and the Klezmer Mountain Boys


    First there was bluegrass, then there was newgrass and now, perhaps inevitably, there is Jewgrass.

    It's not yet a trend. Call it a development.

    You can find it in New York, Denver and suburban Washington, D.C. It's still rare enough to...

  • Books: A heretic with fries on the side

    October 4, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "Foreskin's Lament," by Shalom Auslander (Riverhead, $24.95).

    Consider the poor foreskin: an object of desire for a few, a matter of indifference for many and anathema to the Jews. Like bacon and lobster, it serves as the very definition of treif. Its rejection is the primordial...

  • Holiday Food Fight: Potato vs. Pastry

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    "The Great Latke-Hamantash Debate" edited by Ruth Fredman Cernea (University of Chicago Press, $18).

    As if we didn't have enough on our plates, here's something new to argue about. Not that Jews don't have a fine history of conflict: Hillel vs. Shammai, Bundists vs. Zionists, Labor...