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Growth of a Tiny Mind

In order to relieve the tedium induced by weeks of reading nothing but the Bible, the Talmud, and sundry commentaries on tractates Avoyde Zoro and Khulin, including some fairly complicated sections of the Shulkhan Orukh and its successors, I’ve had to pick up the pace of my non-work-related reading. Science fiction has acquired a new […]

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And We Owe It All To Income Tax…

Passover’s done, Bob Hope’s on the TV, serenading Jane Russell with “Buttons and Bows,” it’s overcast and slightly rainy in Toronto, but Jane Russell has just taken over the whole of my fifty-one inch television screen–my ancestors thought that they got manna from heaven?–and life is pretty much back to normal. First thing Monday morning, […]

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Let’s Just Say Hors D’Oeuvre

“I spent Purim at a shiva” is just further proof that phrases that sound great as Country & Western titles are a lot less fun when they describe your life. Four people I know died in the past week, among them an uncle for whom “beloved” was a lot more than a term in an […]

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Homentash

With Purim almost here, it’s time for me to recall the observations about homentashn that I made a few years ago in Just Say Nu. In writing about certain types of Yiddish slang, I remarked that pirge (think “perogie”) and knish (think beef)  can both be used rather vulgarly to refer to those parts of […]

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From Top to Tukhes

If you don’t believe that brains are strictly a special-order item in Toronto these days, just take a look at our mayor. I haven’t been able to find a single retail butcher who stocks them on a regular basis (though I have to admit that I haven’t yet ventured into any of our city’s more […]

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If I only had a latke

Don’t ask me how I ended up doing all this Yiddish; I started out as a hipster, the first kid on the block to have a Davy Crockett hat: my parents cut off the tail, used it to sweep up chometz on the night before Pesach, and called what was left a kinder-spodek. I owned […]

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A new book for 2013…

We didn’t want to tell you about this until we got the cheque. Wex is writing a book about Jewish food for Scribner. He’s hoping that Mrs. Wex will cook him some of the extraordinary things he is discovering during his research. Mrs. Wex is a little alarmed. You can follow Wex’s research and findings […]

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