Yiddishkeit Category

While the internet, Facebook and Twitter grant us a global connection, the focus on our local communities remain integral, necessary and vital to Jewish identity. That’s at least one message that Yiddishkayt and Jewish Artists Initiative are bringing to Los Angeles this Passover through this Ashkenazi seder celebration. This Thursday, April 2nd, they’ll be hosting […]

Dan Kahn and The Painted Bird’s new album, Partisans and Parasites is an addictive collection by outstanding, creative musicians. Together, the fast-paced, high energy klezmer, and sharp, evocative lyrics – sung in Yiddish, English, German and Russian – are a necessary compass for navigating the endless moral riddles and inescapable paradoxes in which we live. […]

I can’t believe it, something Jewish was actually screened in the U.S. in places before New York? Yes, it’s true. It’s the first time I can say since leaving that I was excited I wasn’t in NY, because let me tell you, there’s nothing like Jewish life in New York, as is referenced through the […]

Parsha Bamidbar

In: African-American, Bisexual, JVoices, Spirituality, Torah, Yiddishkeit

This week, YHWH (which we’re told can be pronounced, “Yoo Hoo Woo Hoo”) and her band of Hebrew homies begin their adventures “In the Wilderness.” Despite being about the business of raising an army, the parsha itself is REALLY DRY. You can see why it’s called the book of “Numbers.” They might also call it, […]

Parsha Shemini

In: Jewish Life, JVoices, Race, Religion, Sexism, Torah, Yiddishkeit

for poetry month (why april, by the way? ‘the cruelest month’? ‘with his shoures soote’? please.), here’s the text of a talk by irena klepfisz – a fantastic poet in yiddish, english, and both at once, as well as an insightful essayist and deeply committed radical – from a 2006 conference at barnard college called “Jewish Women Changing America: Cross-Generational Conversations”. at the bottom is a poem from one of klepfisz’s books. a complete transcript of the “Changing Culture” panel that klepfisz spoke on (and the rest of the conference) is available online here.

Parsha Tzav

In: African-American, Humor, Jewish Life, JVoices, Religion, Torah, Yiddishkeit

“Bring out the priests!” Hashem has established herself in her new earthly home. She’s placed her meal orders and now explains when and how her food will be acquired, which involves a bit of humiliation from Moses brother, the High Priest. She seems to simultanoously elevate and insult Aaron and his sons. But at least […]

This week’s parsha is a double portion that finishes the book of Exodus (Shemot.) Most of it tells the story Bezalel and Oholiab, the two Hebrews in charge of building the tabernacle (Mishkan.) We read of all the ritual objects created for the Mishkan and of the structure itself, which was the early model for […]

I wanted to stop in from a flurry of taping and staple-gunning and painting and gluing and decorating and planning and volunteer coordinating to tell you, the JVoices world, about a very special Purimshpiel happening in New York this Saturday the 3rd: Roti and Homentashn: The Palace Workers Revolt! This is the JFREJ/Workmen’s Circle Purimshpiel, […]