June 3, 2010 |
In the dusty clutter of yard and estate sales, the lost heroes of Jewish American song and comedy are waiting to be reclaimed and celebrated in all their kitschy splendor. And they can't help but wonder: What's taking you so long? There's vaudeville comedienne Mae Questel, who supplied the voice of Betty Boop, and her loud-mouthed 1969 record, "Mrs. Portnoy's Retort." (Take that, Philip Roth.) On the cutting edge of liturgical singing, there's Sol Zim, who calls himself the Tom Jones of cantors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 1991
It is difficult to disprove Selene Bruk's own perception of negative sentiments exhibited toward some Jewish Poles in pre-World War II Poland (letter, Jan. 10). However, such personal perceptions, even if sincere, should never be extrapolated to a whole country or religion. In fact, no other nation did so much for Jews over the centuries, and during the war, and paid such a high price. Only in Poland did the Nazis decree that the penalty for helping a Jew was death. ROMAN J. ZAWADZKI Polish American Congress Anti-Defamation Committee Los Angeles
January 3, 1988
No longer are the Poles Zubin Mehta's Nazi sympathizers ("Zubin Mehta--Making Time for Making Music," by John Henken, Nov. 29), now they are Leo Bach's anti-Semites. Printing Bach's letter was as unfair and biased to the Poles as it would have been to print a letter written by a Pole blaming the Jews for their pre-war exploitation of the Poles, their communist sympathies and the Katyn Forest massacre of Lavrenti Beria. There are many reasons why these two proud peoples are in conflict.
April 2, 2014 |
NEW YORK - The elderly woman had stopped by the Jewish Community Center in the Canarsie area of Brooklyn and was shuffling away, leaning heavily on her walker, when a young man punched her in the head as he walked past, knocking her to the ground. When she returned to the center for help, the staff called for an ambulance, vigilant that this might have been another example of the "knockout game," a social media trend that had young people punching out random individuals on the street last year.
December 12, 2013 |
Now here's something you don't see every day: A circle of African men chanting Hebrew prayers while wearing tallitot (prayer shawls) and yarmulkes (skull caps) along with their dashikis - not to mention scenes of African women lighting Sabbath candles and diligently preparing a kosher meal using such native crops as yam and cassava. But for the estimated 3,000 Igbo people of Nigeria who practice Judaism, these are common sightings, all part of a unique way of life portrayed with joy and grace in the captivating documentary "Re-Emerging: The Jews of Nigeria.
November 23, 2012 |
El Iluminado A Graphic Novel Ilan Stavans and Steve Sheinkin Basic Books: 208 pp, $24.99 Halfway into the graphic novel "El Iluminado," a Spanish literature professor in an Indiana Jones hat wanders into a café in Santa Fe, N.M., and receives a pearl of wisdom from a gray-haired woman. "A Jewish soul is a Jewish soul," the woman says. "When you have it, you know. " The professor is a real person: Ilan Stavans, a Latino literary maven known for his insightful criticism, his authoritative anthologies and his quirky translation of "Don Quixote" into the mother tongue of millions of Americans, Spanglish.
January 29, 2014 |
When poor, persecuted Tom Perkins, mega-millionaire financier and member in excellent standing of the nation's Richie Rich club, went off in a letter to the Wall Street Journal about how his enemies were trying to bring him down, he didn't know how right he was. As the satirical “Pogo” comic strip famously observed, “We have met the enemy, and he is us.” Perkins made himself into the caricature of an arrogant, out-of-touch plutocrat beyond...
January 25, 2014 |
You may have thought that the entitlement culture among the high-tech elite was getting out of hand before, but it will be a long time before anything tops the ghastly outburst from venture capitalist Thomas Perkins appearing in Friday's Wall Street Journal. In a letter to the editor, Perkins, the billionaire co-founder of the Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, writes: "I would call attention to the parallels of fascist Nazi Germany to its war on its 'one percent,' namely its Jews, to the progressive war on the American one percent, namely the 'rich.'" He complains about negative coverage about the rich in his hometown newspaper, the San Francisco Chronicle, and continues: "I perceive a rising tide of hatred of the successful one percent.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 1992
Your article rekindled many memories and hopes. On arrival in California as a UCLA student, I lived with a Jewish family. I also became cordial with their friends. The fact that they did not eat pork and many other endearing facets of their Jewish culture were in harmony with the Muslim values I knew in India. Since then I have lectured to many Jewish audiences, and worked with Jews in films, TV, radio. The notion that all Jews are in conflict with all Arabs and most Muslims is erroneous, sad and mischievous.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 1988
I was rather surprised that The Times published such a scurrilous note as Lawrence A. Levey's rebuke for your having accepted the Jews for Jesus ad (Letters, Jan. 8). What an intemperate heaping up of wild charges against that organization! One can dismiss his diatribe as an outburst of emotional resentment that many Jews today are drawn to Jesus of Nazareth as "bone of their bone and flesh of their flesh." On one point, however, I must challenge his deliberate distortion of the obvious.