About Jo Ellen Green Kaiser

Jo Ellen Green Kaiser is the Editor-in-chief of Zeek magazine, available at www.jewcy.com/zeek and also at www.zeek.net .She is the co-editor of Righteous Indignation: A Jewish Call for Justice (www.righteousindignation.info) and the mom of Zoe.

Poem: Lost

By July 31, 2009

Fenno tells me how he got lost in his own village on a visit back to Kenya. When he was a boy, they always avoided the tangled trees where the ancestors worshipped. He has been in Berkeley for twenty three … Read More

A Midrash on the Month of Av

By July 29, 2009

In the month of Av falls Tisha b’Av, the ninth of Av, when Jews commemorate the destruction of the first and second Temples. A woman who conceives and bears a male shall be taboo seven days, just as during her … Read More

How Do We Remember?

By July 28, 2009

How do we approach Tisha B’Av? We Jews in the Diaspora are thriving. Day schools and supplementary schools have increasing enrollment, synagogues serve as icons of religious expression and community stability, and summer camps now comprise one of the fastest … Read More

Fiction: Your Lights Are On

By July 28, 2009

Alongside established writers, Zeek takes special pleasure in featuring up-and-coming Israeli talents whose work has not yet received an American readership. This month’s story, from Yoav Avni’s first collection Those Strange Americans, speaks to the intractable struggle between young lovers, … Read More

What’s a Good Liberal to do with Brüno?

By July 20, 2009

Sacha Baron Cohen’s new film, Brüno, has gotten a wary and reserved response from reviewers, and if Brüno is to be judged by its success as a political satire, Baron Cohen is on shaky ground. Jarrett Barrios, the president of … Read More

Borges and the Jews-Part V

By July 15, 2009

In this, the final section of Ilan Stavans’ monograph on Borges and the Jews, Stavans reflects on his own relationship with Borges, as one writer to another. This piece thus circles back to the beginning of the monograph, Part I … Read More

Fiction: Naftali

By July 14, 2009

Naftali Simon never showed his face to the woman he loved even a minute longer than was absolutely necessary. I would like to believe in the possibility that writing such words on paper can make them true, that when Naftali … Read More

Borges and the Jews-Part IV

By July 8, 2009

In Part I of this series, author Ilan Stavans explored Borges’ self-identification as a Jew. Part II focused on Borges’ infatuation with Kabbalah. In Part III, Stavans argued that Borges carefully styled himself as a literary son of Jewish precursors. … Read More