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Foreskin's Lament: A Memoir

I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Shalom Auslander’s childhood, adult life and his take on Him (G-d). His dark, intelligent humor, combined with hilarious antidotes and examples of how confusing the minefield of religious teachings can manifest in an absorbent child’s mind, and taken literally. 882 more words


Hope: A Tragedy by Shalom Auslander

Mike’s review

Already had to think twice about getting this at the library. Meter was running low on time, there was lots of bird poop in my stall. 463 more words


Crafting for Jews with Hershey's

On Purim, Jews celebrate Persians trying (but not succeeding) to kill us, on Channukah, we commemorate how the Greeks tried (and failed) to kill us, and on Passover, we celebrate escaping being killed by the Egyptians. 717 more words


I Want to Start Again: The Schlemiel, Bad Luck, and the Desire for a New Life (Starring Walter Benjamin)

The desire for change and a new life is fundamentally human.  And oftentimes the desire to start a new life is based on the fact that one is beset by bad luck.  1,007 more words

A Kvetching Schlemiel: On Cynthia Ozick’s “Envy; or, Yiddish in America” – Take One

You don’t see many schlemiels in Yiddish Literature or Jewish-American literature that spend most of their time kvetching or complaining.   Schlemiels are better known for being dreamers, not complainers.   1,056 more words