Jewish Journal

Belarus falls (literally) all over native son Eliezer Ben Yehuda

by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA

12 hours ago

An all-female marching band greets Limmud FSU delegates in Glubokoe, Belarus, Sept. 11, 2014. (Cnaan Liphshiz)

The sun was already at a zenith when a bus full Jewish tourists rolled into the small Belarusian town of Glubokoe.

The drab building style and visible poverty of this ex-Soviet town... read full article

  • Watch what happens when these non-Jews try Jewish food

    by Raffi Wineburg, JTA

    12 hours ago

    Every year, Jews gather to celebrate the High Holidays: They blow the shofar, they fast, they ask for repentance, and of course, they eat. And every year, there’s someone new at the dinner table, tepidly prodding his or her gefilte fish, and assuring the cook with an unconvincing...

  • A Rosh Hashanah rap

    by Kosha Dillz aka Rami Even-Esh

    6 days ago

    Fifty Seven Seventy Five  / is not the combo of my locker

    It’s also not the age of my Mother to Father 

    Not the goals of Brazil vs. German World Cup soccer

    It is the year of Israel/ kiss the land upon

    when I El-Al’ed her

    Sweet new year / for my future Jewish lovely


  • Three books, three opinions about The Lubavitcher Rebbe

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    1 week ago

    The 20th anniversary of the passing of the Lubavitcher Rebbe (1902-1994) has inspired no fewer than three new biographies, a fact that attests to his enduring importance even outside the Chasidic community he led for four decades. Even more telling, however, is the fact that he is...

  • ‘Fallen Fruit of the Skirball’: A labor of love

    by Iris Mann

    1 week ago

    An installation titled “Fallen Fruit of the Skirball,” currently on display in the Ruby Gallery of the Skirball Cultural Center, presents the various dimensions of love and relationships, using fruit as a catalyst.  

    “Fallen Fruit” is a collaborative that was originated in 2004...

  • Poem: My first theology lesson

    by Edward Hirsch

    1 week ago

    Rumpled and furious, my grandfather’s friend

    stood up in a bookstore on the North Side

    and lamented the lost Jews of Poland


    and declared that he felt sorry for God

    who had so many problems with Justice

    and had become disillusioned and sad


    since He wanted to...

  • Yvonne Rainer celebrated as groundbreaking dancer and artist

    by Avishay Artsy

    1 week ago

    My God! Can theater finally come down to the irreducible fact that one group of people is looking at another group?! — Yvonne Rainer, 1969

    A groundbreaking artist in the fields of dance, choreography and experimental film, Yvonne Rainer has had a career spanning more than 50...

  • The Raging Jews of Comedy

    by Evan Henerson

    1 week ago

    Memo to the building maintenance staff at Beverly Hills High School: Pay the air conditioning bill. Please do this well in advance of filling the K.L. Peters Auditorium with a crowd, particularly when you plan to shoot footage of both performers and audience that may be used for an...

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