New Jewish Horror Film Steeped in Ancient Jewish Lore and Demonology

It may be tempting to describe “The Vigil” as “The Exorcist” meets Borough Park. But making the comparison can be glib and detract from the originality of this one-of-a-kind Jewish horror film. Tickets for the film, screening through Feb. 22, are available from Boston Jewish Film. Never miss the best...
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Holy Pursuit: Remembering Baltimore’s Jewish Bookstores and Gift Shops

Nowadays, you can locate and purchase virtually any type of seforim, Jewish-themed reading materials or Judaica tchotchke in seconds with the mere pressing of a keyboard button. But there was a time when getting a new kippah, dreidel or siddur meant actually hopping in a car and driving over to...
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Letters to the Editor

Peace Wall Pt. Reyes protest and an appreciation for good journalism. Peter Byrne, in his opinion piece about the Peace Wall event and the Pt. Reyes protest, is right on many counts. Yes, those of us at the Sebastopol gathering were a bunch of alte cockers. That’s Yiddish for old folks, although a more direct translation would be considered scatological. But, ya know, Peter, in many Native traditions elders are considered role models and wise people because of our many years of experience in the world. I suspect you are in that category, but we have never met, so I don’t know for sure. And, another thing, you are certainly entitled to your opinions, but I think being afraid to criticize someone because they are a member of a racial minority, is racist. I hold everyone to the same standard of decency. Of course it was political suicide in the old days to stand up for Palestine. But the world has moved forward and some members of Congress, many of them people of color, are taking that risk and not losing their jobs. That’s all we are asking of Barbara Lee, who was willing to take a risk 20 years ago, and could hopefully work up the courage to take another risk today.

101+ Happy Hanukkah Slogans to Light You Up This Year

Happy Hanukkah! The Jewish Festival of Lights is a time of hope, love, and miracles. Under the light of the menorah with songs and prayers echo through the night. Children ask for gelts, play the game of dreidels, and learn the history of the Jewish faith. People nourish themselves with delicious jellied donuts, potato fritters, and other ethnic food.

Chasing Down Betty Buckley’s High E in

Happy almost Tony Awards! I’m not going to talk Tony's this column because I’m going to dedicate an entire column to inside Tony Award stories—so stay tuned for that. I will however say that I am hosting a Tony Award Watch Party during the show. It starts at 7 PM ET (‘natch) and it’s at Asylum NYC. You can hang out with me and not only watch the festivities, but do singalongs, answer Broadway trivia, get some sassy prizes, and “much more” (as Luisa sang in The Fantasticks). Get thee here for tix.

SSU welcomes Jewish students to embrace culture on campus

For a Jewish member of the Seawolf community, September is a busy month that holds multiple holidays highlighting and remembering different events, from tragic hardships to the Jewish New Year. Like all Jewish holidays, Rosh Hashanah starts the night before the actual holiday date, and goes until the night after. As a result, the holiday started Sept. 6 and went until nightfall Sept. 8. This holiday was celebrated by Seawolves in the Magnolia Park as a part of the Shabbat event put on by the Jewish Club on campus, Hillel.

UK asylum case of Israeli student adjourned in wait for Yiddish interpreter

UK asylum case of Israeli student adjourned in wait for Yiddish interpreter. Lawyers for student say they are ‘disappointed’ court attempted to proceed in Hebrew. An Israeli soldier looks across the border to Lebanon where pro-Palestinian protesters rally next to a Palestinian flag (AFP) The asylum case of a young...

The funny Yiddish things my Bubbe/Zayde said

It’s truly amazing how long it takes till you really understand your grandfather or at least a part of him, you took for granted. Since joining the Jewish Light, I’ve reflected on my own Jewish experience growing up, and part of that was the Yiddish, my grandparents would use, particularly my maternal grandparents, Mama and Baba. Both would use Yiddish on occasion, and not knowing really what they were saying, I just laughed at how funny they sounded. But some of the words and phrases stuck in my head, and today I stumbled onto something on social media that gave me a rush of memories.
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Some Say 2021. Others Say 5782.

Tuesday, September 7, marked the observance of Rosh Hashanah, the first day of the Jewish New Year, 5782. Shanah Tovah! (Good Year!). Kenahorah! (Keep the evil eye away!) Last year, Jewish New Years, 5702, was an auspicious traditional Jewish New Year for me, a Gentile youth with a “goyish kuph” (Gentile mindset). To a few perceptive parents, I was also a “faygola,” a “little bird.

Tzimmes Offers Full Array of Jewish Music in ‘The Road Never Travelled’ CD

SAN DIEGO — Tzimmes, the Vancouver-based Jewish band under the direction of Moshe Denburg, has just released a two-disc recording, The Road Never Travelled, celebrating its 35th anniversary. This is the group’s fourth album. Denburg figures prominently in all the selections, as vocalist, guitarist, composer or arranger. The Montreal native,...

Why Jewish compassion shouldn’t just apply to human animals

Marc Bekoff, an American Jewish biologist and professor emeritus at the University of Colorado, Boulder, has studied coyotes, dogs, penguins, fish, grosbeaks, and jays to understand their thoughts and emotions from a perspective of interdependence akin to the German Jewish philosopher Martin Buber’s “I and Thou.” Benjamin Ivry spoke to Bekoff from his home in Colorado about his lifelong study of why animals behave the way they do and what it means and about his new book “ A Dog’s World.”

Revisiting ‘An American Tail,’ a Deeply Jewish Immigration Story

“Fiiiiievel! Fievel Mouuuuuskewitz!” If reading that made your heart race, or your eyes well up with tears, take a deep breath. Fievel’s fine. He’s a hero. And he’s about to be reunited with his family. They found him, finally, in a slum on New York’s Lower East Side. It’s 1886. And you’re with your family, in a suburban movie theater or cozy on the couch, somewhere in the United States. It’s 1986.

Now in English, an almost-forgotten story by Sholem Aleichem

We know the usual occupations in Sholom Aleichem’s fiction: dairyman, butcher, tailor. But did you hear the one about pickpockets (or “nimble fingers”), robbers (“snatchers”) and horse thieves? If not, don’t worry — most haven’t. As far as we know, Sholom Aleichem, the beloved Yiddish author best-remembered for his Tevye...

VIDEO: How to Make Cabbage Strudel for Sukkot

A version of this article originally appeared in the Yiddish Forverts. In this episode of “Est Gezunterheyt” (Eat In Good Health), Forverts editor Rukhl Schaechter and Yiddish gourmet chef Eve Jochnowitz demonstrate how to make cabbage strudel. There is a truly captivating part of the process at the end, when Eve and Rukhl stretch the dough together. Seeing this is actually quite mesmerizing, and the result is amazing.

The Return Of Benjamin Shapiro

In the East End, you are constantly reminded of the people who have left and of the countless thousands who never settled but for whom the place only offered a contingent existence at best, as a staging post on their journey to a better life elsewhere. Ben Shapiro has lived much of his life outside this country, since he left as a youth with his family to go to America where they found the healthier existence they sought, and escaped the racism and poor housing of the East End. Yet now, in later life, after working for many years as a social worker and living in several different continents, he has chosen to return to the country of his formative experience. “I’ve discovered I like England,” he admitted to me simply, almost surprised by his own words.

Jackie Mason, who went from rabbi to stand-up comedy star, dies at 93

Stand-up comedian Jackie Mason, who followed a path from rabbi to borscht-belt comedian, died in a New York City hospital on Saturday. He was 93. Mason's longtime friend Raoul Felder confirmed his death to NPR. He said Mason was admitted to the hospital two weeks ago and suffered from a variety of ailments, including inflammation of the lungs. There are no indications that COVID-19 was a factor in the comedian's death.