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Adrienne Cooper’s memorial

Here’s a link to Jon Kalish’s audio report on the memorial service for Adrienne Cooper that was held on January 1st in New York. It’s a nice combination of excerpts from the official program of song and eulogy with less formal interviews with a few of the people in attendance who knew Adrienne. I was honoured […]

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Michael Wex on the Jewish Comic Novel

Recently Wex was interviewed by Emily Landau for the Arty Semite blog in The Forward. These are the results. Michael Wex is best known for his acerbic, authoritative books on Yiddish language and culture, but in this fall’s The Frumkiss Family Business he has turned his attention to fiction. The sprawling novel is a farcical […]

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Why send your kid to Hebrew school?

At least once a month, someone, usually a business acquaintance who doesn’t know much about my private life, will ask what my 14-year-old daughter is up to at her Hebrew day school, and then go on to let me know in no uncertain terms that I am a traitor to every aspect of the Yiddish […]

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