Monthly Archives: June 2009

Borges and the Jews-Part III

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

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What is British Jewish Politics?

Politics is an inescapable part of human existence. It concerns the way that people organise themselves, in particular how they act within institutions and units of governance. Above all, politics concerns the way humans interact with power. It is therefore … Read More

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The Neglected Poetry of Yossel Birstein

This summer, Zeek has been re-examining the work of Yiddish writer Yossel Birstein. Our summer print issue includes a never-before translated Birstein story; here, we offer Andrew Firestone’s discussion of Birstein’s only book of poems, written when he was living … Read More

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Another Crack

I was walking down Carlebach Street when the wailing air raid siren announced the biggest civil drill in Israel’s history. Though I’d timed a morning interview around it, (who wants to pause for two minutes of alarm?), I was otherwise … Read More

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Jewcy Zeitgeist: US and Germany BFF, Sanford Keeps Apologizing, and Toddler Body Found

Here are today’s top stories in no particular order:   President Obama met with German chancellor Angela Merkel today. They talked about global climate change, among other things. Whales may be facing bad news as the head of the International Whaling Commission … Read More

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Al Andalus: Tales of an Imaginary Spain

"The most important thing in this portion is seldom noticed," Rabbi Solomon ibn Uzair said, as he lay on a pile of cushions beside his lover Joseph. A small scroll of the Torah lay open in front of them, rolled … Read More

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Can I Moonwalk During Shiva?

Much of the global consciousness today is focused on the death of Michael Jackson, the King of Pop. Headlines in New York City publications are declaring "Shock and Grief Over Jackson’s Death" and "Jacko has Gone to Neverland" while people … Read More

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Queer Liturgy

Why do we pray? What do we pray for? Liturgy raises the most fundamental theological questions, daily, if we pay attention. But we rarely do. We are born into or find a denomination, are born into or find a congregation, … Read More

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