"Ala ZongGoNin! Ala YouTaNin!".
Jerry Moses last walked on Gaoyang Road in 1947. It was called Chaoufoong Road then, and it was home to many of the 18,000 European Jewish refugees who had sought refuge from Nazi Germany in Shanghai's Hongkew District
(today known as Hongkou) during the run-up to World War II
. He casts his gaze at the lane, his brow loosens and he begins to nod. "This is it, this is it," he says softly. "I know this is it." One week into his first visit to Shanghai
in almost 60 years, Moses has found his third home in an exile that lasted from 1941 to 1947. He strides into the space, his manner now much closer to that of the 12-year-old boy who had left than the 70-year-old man who has returned. More inside.
"One could go on, and one will -- praising (...)
the National Center for Jewish Film for releasing all four of Edgar Ulmer's Yiddish films in restored editions. But the DVD player is beckoning, and I think it is time for me to get back to the couch".
The National Center for Jewish Film
(NCJF) is a unique nonprofit motion picture archive, distributor and resource center housing the largest, most comprehensive collection of Jewish-theme film and video in the world. In their archives you can discover the works of Leo Fuchs, the "Yiddish Fred Astaire
", restored gems (scroll down)
like "Motl the Operator
" and re-releases
like "The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg
". (More on Greenberg
, the Jewish kid who challenged Babe Ruth
’s homerun record here
, more on the NCJF inside).
A rabbi, some snails, the color purple, and a 1,500 year old mystery.
By puzzling through various sources
, a group of researchers and religious scholars think they have found in the mollusk Murex trunculus
the source of a purplish dye
that was used in ancient Jewish ceremonies over a millennia and a half ago. Murex has been used for the last 3,600 years
to make Imperial or Tyrian Purple, a key color in the ancient world
. There are many other pigments with their own interesting stories
Jewish movie goers might feel duped by The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Millions of readers (and, now, moviegoers) who thoroughly enjoyed a fantasy tale of four World War II-era British children tumbling into the enchanted world of Narnia via a wardrobe, and fighting medieval battles alongside talking animals and mystical creatures, would be surprised to learn that “Lion” and the six other books in Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia were seeping with Christian allegories.
Film director Andrzej Munk
’s tragic death at age thirty-nine might have formed the plot for one of his own darkly sardonic works
: a Polish Jew and an active resistance worker during the war, he was returning home from shooting his film Passenger
at the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1961 when an oncoming truck struck his car. He left behind
only four feature films
, but his influence was prodigious. As one of the key figures of the postwar “Polish School” of filmmaking, along with Wajda and Kawalerowicz, he helped to shape a vision that broke with the official social realist optimism of Eastern-bloc dogma
and cast a skeptical eye on official notions of heroism
, nationalism, and life in the Stalinist-occupied state. Mentor to Roman Polanski
and Jerzy Skolimowski
, his influence can be felt even in the films of a later generation of Polish filmmakers
— directors like Zanussi and Kieslowski
. More inside.
"It is absurd to talk about a Judeo-Christian tradition". I had been born in the United States but didn't know any English because none was spoken at home or in the streets. We were a solid enclave of some 600,000 Eastern European, Yiddish-speaking Jews. But I still remember one day that a missionary came to the door with what I still have my copy of: a Yiddish translation of the New Testament. There's a kind of grim joke in that, isn't there? In the mere existence of it.
on religion in America
, God smoking a cigar
, and who really is the King of the Jews
Kabbalah Energy Drink
is a combination of Kabbalah Water
and and energy drink.
The makers are "courting the Red Bull market"
according to Darin Ezra, head of the LA Kabbalah center.
Can Jewish settlers live as Palestinians?
A series of essays from Bitterlemons
, which regularly features Israeli
commentary on the significant issues of the conflict, with the goal of maintaining a constructive dialogue.
Israeli Pro-Palestinian activist Tali Fahima to remain in custody. Tali Fahima
grew up in a conservative desert town in Israel and voted Likud
for years. As the second intifada erupted she read about the brutality of the occupation on the Internet and eventually travelled to Jenin refugee camp where she met Zakariyeh Zbeideh, a local leader of the terrorist organization and Fatah offshoot, Al-Aqsa Martyr's Brigade. She was arrested and jailed in Israel, accused of translating a document for Zbeideh into Arabic. that allowed him to warn fighters marked for Israeli assassination.
Fahima has been under arrest nearly six months. Her case
has gained prominence not just because she is an Israeli Jew supporting Palestinian resistance but because she is a Mizrahi
, a Sephardic or "Arab"
Jew. This group has historically formed a solid bloc of support for aggressive policies against the Palestinians. [MI]
And then there was one.
Following the death of his neighbour Ishaq Levin, Zebulon Simentov has become the last Jew in Afghanistan. There have been Jews here since at least the eighth century
, but now Simentov is on his own.
But the saddest fact of all is the fact that up until his death the two men hated each other
Highlights bigotry or encourages it?
Ali G comedian Sacha Baron Cohen's latest Channel 4 show, 'Borat's Television Programme', is being investigated by TV watchdogs following complaints about a sketch featuring an anti-Semitic song titled 'Throw the Jew down the well'.
A Channel 4 spokesman said: "Sacha Baron Cohen's humour is ironic and actually highlights bigotry and ignorance." The irony being that Baron is himself a Jew.
Hatred via weblog.
The Jewish Internet Association
, a tax-exempt, non-profit California corporation, considers the Internet a battleground, where "every channel must be utilized to resist and convert others to our defense and support." A whois showed they have the same mailing address as palestinefacts.org
. However, examining their weblog
reveals an agenda that is every bit as hateful as Hamas.
From a recent entry:
"The Palestinian Arabs go through a pretense of having a government" .... "This must end. In the past the only way such murderous, bastard regimes have ended was through massive destruction of their people and lands." .... "The same process will be required to end the fraudulant "peace process" and come to the point where there can be a new start."
The JIA site links to a guide for shutting down offensive websites
. Do you think the same techniques would work against them too?
Bar Mitzvah Disco
• When We Were Shtetl Fabulous
"If you are Jewish, there would have been a golden year when it seemed like you attended a bar mitzvah disco almost weekly. Each one was like a pee-wee Studio 54, a potent cocktail of ritual, acne, insecurity, and hormones run amok." Help
at Bar Mitzvah Disco gather photos
, stories and details from Bar/Bat Mitzvahs from the 70s and 80s to publish in their forthcoming book on the subject.
Red, White and Jew
--an examination of 6 issues facing the American Jews of today and tomorrow, religious and non, from the holocaust as history to Israel fatigue to Jewish conservatives.
...We can finally be Jewish and American, but somewhere along the line nobody bothered to figure out entirely what that meant. So it falls to us, the next Jewish generation, to balance the scales. Will we be more Jewish, more American, or a fusion of the two? More importantly, how will we do it?
Have you ever wondered what Xmas would be like if it were a Jewish Holiday?
Precisely defined rules for preparing for the holiday, procuring and decorating the tree, cooking the festive meal, giving gifts, and all other seasonal celebrations. With footnotes! Songs! More footnotes! Riddles! Even more footnotes! [via Making Light
] (This is a Geocities site, so don't all rush there at once and overload it, OK?)
Todd Levin: "The United States of America According to my Racist Aunt"
There's one in almost every family, and Todd does a hilarious map of the wisdom his racist aunt has shared over the years.
We all deserve a data sabbath.
A weekly shunning of modern technology, shopping, and work. Do you observe one?
An American Jewish Congress trade ad placed in Variety and the Hollywood Reporter compares anti-Semitic violence to that experienced during WWII. Some groups are also calling for a boycott of the Cannes Film Festival. Woody Allen
doesn't agree. Can the actions of an idiotic minority really justify a boycott?
The Swastika & the Crescent The peculiar bond between white nationalist groups and certain Muslim extremists derives in part from a shared set of enemies Jews, the United States, race-mixing, ethnic diversity. It is also very much a function of the shared belief that they must shield their own peoples from the corrupting influence of foreign cultures and the homogenizing juggernaut of globalization. Both sets of groups also have a penchant for far-flung conspiracy theories that caricature Jewish power.
This is not a direct link. This link takes you to a page titled "Intelligence Project." Once there, Click on "Intelligence Report." Scroll down a bit and click on "The Swastika & the Crescent."
Please, Dad, Tell Me: How Do I Stop Being Complicit?
I actually came across this in another thread
(props to cell divide
), but I think it's worth it's own discussion. As a 30-year-old American Jew, this essay completely echoes the exasperation I feel whenever I have a "discussion" (read:argument) with someone of my parents' generation about the Middle East Conflict. It's true that my generation, in America, has never seen widescale Jewish hatred in our lifetime, but has that made us blind or allowed us to gain a better perspective on Israel?
The best solution I've heard so far
to end the mess in Israel. A Saudi Prince suggests plan that trades occupied land in return for the Arab world recognizing the Israeli state. Is it a viable plan? Will Barak have the courage to give it a shot? Could the Arab nations ever recognize a Jewish state? Could Palestine and Israel coexist peacefully next to each other?
Check out the online menorah.
Don't know what the holiday is? Take a lesson in Judaism 101
T new that "Niggaz" stuff would lead to no good....
"And now, flush with grant money from a fellowship supported by Jewish big shots like Steven Spielberg, Charles Bronfman and others, Ms. Bleyer and her post-collegiate buddies are busily working on bringing this new cool-Jew magazine to life. The first issue is due in January. They have assigned some articles and taken some photos, and they also have a title: Heeb, as in the old ethnic slur, short for "Hebrew."
Ask the rabbi...about storing your ammo.
I love the total randomness of this, including the fact that it's all coming to you from Wisconsin, the Badger State.
Whew! It's okay folks, no evidence found
of desecration of Jewish remains
at the Temple Mount. "It wasn't the Muslims who destroyed the Temple,'' [Archaeologist Meir Ben-Dov] noted acerbically. "It was Titus.''
what WE do on christmas--- my latest favorite xmas song
this is as close as i could get, but look up atom & his package on the first christmas sampler. this time of year brings out my inner jew (oy, i got pain)
As conspiracy rumors go, this is a doozy: World Oil Magazine
is hearing from its Mid East sources that the Arab states are so angry with Gore's choice of a Jewish running mate that they're going to cut back production in the hopes of swinging the election to Bush. I'm sure the Gore team gave plenty of thought as to how Lieberman would play in Peoria, but I wonder if they considered how much he would antagonize Damascus?
Al Gore has decided on Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) as his VP nominee,
sez someone who ratted to the AP. I suppose there's a small chance they're just leaking this now to test public and media reaction before making a final fianl decision, but I doubt it.
for the man who still has everything.
The Shmaltz Brewing Company
out of San Francisco is the brewer of He'brew, the Chosen Beer. Be sure to try the Sammy Davis, Jr., which is a cocktail of Guinness floating atop He'brew Genesis Ale. L'Chaim!