Jewish Journal

  • A funny — and touching — thing happened when a writer had a son

    by Jonathan Kirsch

    2 weeks ago

    Etgar Keret is an Israeli writer with an international readership. His stories have been translated into 37 languages, and you can read them in The New...

  • Hebrew word of the week: abba, imma

    by Yona Sabar

    2 weeks ago

    In many languages, the words for father and mother — being the first words a baby utters — are quite similar, and they include the labial consonants b,...

  • Poem: Souvenir

    by Jehanne Dubrow

    2 weeks ago

    In Kraków’s marketplace, the kiosks vend             
    carved men at thirty złotys each:  a Jew                 
    who grips the Torah in his wooden...

  • Gay-rights pioneer, playwright Kramer subject of new HBO doc

    by Avishay Artsy

    2 weeks ago

    When young gay men began dying in 1981 of a rare form of cancer called Kaposi’s sarcoma, waves of shock and fear spread throughout the gay community....

  • WATCH: Jon Stewart delivers joke-less monologue on Charleston shooting

    by Gabe Friedman, JTA

    3 weeks ago

    As Jon Stewart said Thursday night, his job for the past 16 years has been to deliver jokes based on the news.

    On Thursday, however, he simply could not do his job – the killing of nine at an African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina had left him, for the first time, unable to write jokes.

    Below is video of Stewart’s joke-less monologue, in which he delivers one of the most impassioned segments of his career.

  • A Jewish commune and lessons of sharing

    by Avishay Artsy

    3 weeks ago

    One of the hardest lessons to teach a young child is the value of sharing. How do you explain to your son or daughter that they should hand off their...

  • Judd Apatow: Comedy drawn from an ‘Unfair Life’

    by Elaine Margolin

    3 weeks ago

    Judd Apatow’s phenomenal success seems the result of a willed and desperate act of adolescent defiance against a childhood that threatened to destroy...

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