Is “Tuches” in the Dictionary?

December 13, 2012
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The word “tuches” does not appear anywhere in Uriel Weinreich’s Modern English-Yiddish, Yiddish-English Dictionary (1968).  Even though Weinreich’s is one of the most beloved and relied-upon Yiddish-English dictionaries around, the revered linguist was perhaps overly focused on “correct” Yiddish – no dirty words, no casual idioms and no daytshmerish (a derogatory terms for a…

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Yiddish Goes Digital

December 12, 2012
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Despite the surge of interest in Yiddish and Yiddish culture—through institutions like the Yiddish Book Center, and programs such as immersion retreats, academic summer courses, and even Yiddish farming—it would still take thousands more Yiddish speakers to guarantee future generations access to all of the valuable Yiddish artifacts of the past. Enter Internet 2.0…

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Mudhouse Sabbath

December 11, 2012
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Lauren Winner grew up in an interfaith family. As a Columbia University undergraduate she converted to Orthodox Judaism, and then, just a few years later, she dreamt about Jesus and converted to Christianity. But as Winner started embracing Jesus, she also began missing the many rituals of Jewish life. In her 2003 book Mudhouse Sabbath Winner writes…

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Old Jewish Men

December 10, 2012
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Remember Garbage Pail Kids? Those drawings of Cabbage Patch Kids gone Sour Patch? Take the imagination and somewhat offbeat whimsy of that, replace the kids with old Jewish men, and what do you get? Old Jewish Men! Colorful posters of elderly Jewish male archetypes, with Yiddish names befitting their characters. Your Hanukkah gift…

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Hanukkah Kitsch Photo Contest!

December 7, 2012
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Calling everyone who loves Hanukkah kitsch! Calling everyone who hates Hanukkah kitsch! TheJewniverse.com is announcing its first annual Hanukkah Kitsch Photo Contest and we are calling on all tackiness-attuned members of the general public to document the found highlights and lowlights of this most miraculous of holidays in this most decorated of seasons.…

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The Twenty-Seventh Man

December 6, 2012
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On his Tumblr, novelist and short-story writer Nathan Englander calls himself an “accidental playwright.” The fruit of that accident is the new play, The Twenty-Seventh Man, Englander’s first foray into writing for the stage. Owing to a youth spent at a yeshiva where theater was considered a “devilish pursuit,” the author had barely even…

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The Knish Lady

December 5, 2012
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In 1935, a Brooklynite named Fannie Stahl decided to take her Brighton Beach boardwalk knish operation and make it legit. She opened the now-legendary Mrs. Stahl’s Knishes in Brighton Beach. The knishery was a culinary stronghold for decades until suddenly, in 2005, it disappeared without a trace. Writer and food reporter Laura…

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Punk Jews

December 4, 2012
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The punk rock movement developed in the 1970s as a genre of fast, hard-edged music which defied the norms of mainstream music culture. Punk Jews, a new documentary premiering in New York on December 11th (trailer here), tells a story of communities and individuals who use art, music, activism, and performance to challenge…

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About Face

December 3, 2012
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Imagine leaving Eastern Europe on the cusp of World War II as a Jewish child headed for America. Now imagine being drafted into the American army a few short years later, only to be sent back to your homeland to help win the war and defeat Hitler. It may sound like the plot of…

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‘Twas the Night Before Hanukkah

November 30, 2012
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In comedian Lenny Bruce’s famous “Jewish vs. Goyish” sketch, Broadway star Eddie Cantor is deemed goyish, along with Kool-Aid and the Marine Corps. You might say that Cantor, though born to Russian-Jewish immigrants, was asking for it: In a 1934 radio broadcast he introduced Americans to the infuriatingly catchy “Santa Claus is Coming…

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David Rakoff: Half Full, in Our Book

November 29, 2012
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Long and proud is the Jewish tradition of using sharp humor in the face of hopeless tragedy. David Rakoff – humorist, essayist, and self-described “mega Jewish writer” – was a master of this tactic. Rakoff died of cancer in August 2012 at the age of 47, and the final book published during his lifetime (his…

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All Around-the-Jewniverse Hanukkah Gift Guide

November 28, 2012
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With Hanukkah just around the corner, it’s time to dig up some gifts for your friends and family. Lucky for you, we’ve scoured the Jewniverse for the funniest, wackiest, and smartest Jewish gifts around. Check it: First: Doll Yourself Up From ugly Hanukkah sweaters ($60-$65) and Manischewitz Onesies ($18) to gelt boxers ($14) and novelty beard and…

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