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Articles from Vol. 36, No. 1, January-February

An Eleventh Commandment, Anyone?
Independent Rather than add anything new, we need to explore more deeply what is already there. The Decalogue is a sadly misunderstood and misinterpreted body of divine wisdom, twisted out of context by those unfamiliar with the cosmology that inspired...
A Tale of Two Novels
Foreign Bodies By Cynthia Ozick Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2010, $26.00, pp. 256 In her 1982 essay on "The Lesson of the Master," Cynthia Ozick writes about her youthful love affair with Henry James; it is among the most memorable writing in...
Following Directions
ACROSS 1 Give a hand 5 "__Loves You" 8 Medical exam suggestion, usually 16 Classic theater name 17 ISP letters 18 Pointed entertainment 19 Wrinkle producer 20 Subject of a Life magazine cover on her 100th birthday 22 Painted...
For Millennia, These Ancient Laws Have Been Central to Our Way of Life. Are They Still Relevant? or Is It Time for an Upgrade?
the 10 COMMANDMENTS 2.0 NEARLY 3,500 YEARS AGO, Exodus tells us, God inscribed the Ten Commandments onto two stone tablets for the Israelites. Although Jewish tradition counts 613 commandments in the Torah, the Ten have taken on a life of their...
From the Editor
For several years now I have observed what I call the "Not in Mixed Company" syndrome, that pesky inability to talk about Israel in mixed company. By mixed company I don't mean Arabs and Jews or Jews and Christians, but Jews and Jews. Beyond the comfortable...
Hot Dang! Holy Oil!
When natural gas was thscovered off the coast of Haifa two years ago, debunking the long-stanthng assumption that Israel--unlike its Arab neighbors--was not blessed with energy reserves, John Brown was not surprised. For years, Brown had been sure...
How Liberals Politicized Israel
It's not surprising that Israel played a prominent role in several midterm political races. After all, questioning the U.S.-Israel alliance has become a major feature of "progressive" politics. What is surprising is that these groups, having launched...
I [Love] Israel
I used to adhere to a personal rule: Never discuss Israel or Palestine with anyone. Now that I'm researching a book on the postwar history of American Jews, I'm finding this rule harder to follow. This is turning out to be a problem. One day I learn...
Imams at the Death Camps
We are passing through a season of singular national distemper where, for reasons best understood by social psychiatrists, the American people have entered into what can only be described as "open season" on Islam. Mosques everywhere, not just the...
Jews Who Loved (and Loathed) Lincoln
Jews and the Civil War: A Reader Edited by Jonathan D. Sarna and Adam Mendelsohn New York University Press 2010, $45.00, pp. 434 Nearing the end of his long and rhetorically uninspiring journey to Washington for his inauguration, Abraham...
One Nation under Glatt
Kosher Nation: Why More and More of America's Food Answers to a Higher Authority By Sue Fishkoff Schocken Books 2010, $27.95, pp. 384 My parents keep a kosher home. Whenever we visit, my nice Jewish husband, who has degrees from two Ivy League...
The Arab Glass Ceiling: The Overtrained and Underemployed among Israel's Arabs Long for a Good Job-And Equal Opportunities. after Decades, Israelis-Jewish and Arab-Are Working Together to Crack the Glass
* The coffee shop in Baka al-Garbiyah, about 40 miles from Tel Aviv, is sparsely furnished with just a few tables and fluorescent lights. Unlike crowded, fashionable cafes in Israel's Jewish cities with scurrying waitstaff and seemingly endless menus,...
The Best Jewish TV Shows of All Time: With Decades of "Jewish" Shows to Choose from, Moment Had to Call in the Experts, Harry Castleman and Walter Podrazik, Authors of Watching TV: Six Decades of American Television to Pick the Top Ten
Milton Berle's Shows (1948-1956) Milton Berle, born Milton Berlinger, spent decades on stage before becoming TVs first superstar on Texaco Star Theater. Dubbed "Mr. Television," he brought the tast-paced, smart-aleck world of Borscht Belt comedy...
The Film That Launched a Thousand Court Cases
Few films have packed as much punch for American political culture as Cecil B. DeMille's 1956 The Ten Commandments. With the Cold War shifting into high gear and a fervent anti-communist patriotism sweeping the nation, the film burst onto the scene...
The Foreskin Lament
The Finkler Question By Howard Jacobson Bloomsbury 2010, $15.00, pp. 305 The Tinkler Question made me laugh until my heart broke. No. The Finkler Question made me sad until my ribs ached. Howard Jacobson, master of the fake-out, the yin-yang,...
The Goose Girl: Magazine-Karma Foundation Fiction
In the gray light of morning, soft as a pigeon's breast, Shena Lena can be seen silhouetted on a hill, geese waddling and honking before her. She carries a stick in her small solid hand, as much to lean on as to herd her feather-brained charges. Goose...
The Jewfro Grows Up and Out
"I love your curly hair," gushes Katherine Heigl's heavily intoxicated character as she runs her fingers through Seth Rogen's kinky ringlets in the hit movie Knocked Up. "Do you use product or anything?" Abashedly, he replies, "No ... I use, uh, Jew...
The Living Writers Society
From a very young age, I knew I wanted to be a writer. I still remember my preado-lescent mind coming to grips with the fact that it seemed all the writers I admired were dead--that to enter that magic club of authordom one needed to cease to exist....
The Man Who Stopped the Freeze: Dani Dayan, Head of Isreael's of Lsrael's Settle Lobby, Yesha, Has Successfully Kept Another Settlement Freeze-And Peace Talks-Off the Table. but Can This Mild-Mannered Former Software Tycoon Stop the Settler Movement from Imploding?
ON A CLEAR DAY, DANI DAYAN CAN look out the bedroom window of his two-story home and see the skyscrapers of Tel Aviv, just 20 miles away. But as we sit in his open and airy modern living room on a chilly winter day, with a eucalyptus tree swaying in...
The Witch Hunt of Naomi Chazan
In a small way, I felt justice was done when Rabbis for Human Rights North America recently honored Dr. Naomi Chazan with its Raphael Lemkin Human Rights Award. Chazan is president of the New Israel Fund (NIF), which in its 32 years has distributed...
Voila! French Jewish Food Arrives!
Joan Nathan, the queen of Jewish American and Israeli cookbooks, takes to the old continent in her new book, Quiches, Kugels and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France. Nathan returns to the country where she spent several years of her youth...