Monthly Archives: July 2009

Poem: Lost

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

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All of Our Bad Ideas: An Interview with ‘Death in Love’ Director Boaz Yakin

I recently had a chance to ask filmmaker Boaz Yakin (Remember the Titans, A Price Above Rubies) some questions about the making of his new film Death in Love,  a much-talked about portrait of a Holocaust survivor mother and her … Read More

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Jewcy Zeitgeist: Palin the Poet, Rivers Disses Leno, and Bye Bye Undie Run

Here are today’s top stories in no particular order:   Good news from the Taliban: apparently, the new "rule book" is requesting fewer suicide attacks, specifically those aimed at civilians. Two Georgia officers are under investigation for reportedly running criminal background checks … Read More

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When Our Rebbe Taught Us About Anal Sex

By Schwartzie, a contributor to my blog  I remember the day in ninth grade when my rebbe was faced with the awkward task of explaining the concept of anal sex.  "Ah, boys," he told us, "lets say you have some … Read More

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Jewish Film Festival Diary, Week 2

The recent stream of successful Israeli features—The Band’s Visit, Waltz with Bashir, and Beaufort, to name the most obvious—has significantly raised the bar for Israeli filmmakers. No longer can we consider oursleves satisfied by a well-made, albeit Israeli film. Rather, … Read More

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Author Michael Chabon Opposes Circumcision

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon, best known for his novels The Adventures of Kavalier & Clay and The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, has a memoir called Manhood for Amateurs coming out this fall. Among other subjects, the book covers his life … Read More

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A Midrash on the Month of Av

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

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Jewcy Zeitgeist: Haitian Shipwreck, Co-Pilot Didn’t Want to Fly, and Whale Impaled by Watching Ship

Here are today’s top stories in no particular order:   Britain has decided to pull out nearly all of its remaining troops from Iraq as of Friday, as the agreement that’s keeping them there will expire at the end of this week. … Read More

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