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2008 November-December

Will the Real Shrek Please Stand Up?

Children love Shrek, the sweet green ogre and beloved cartoon character who starred, thanks to DreamWorks, in “his” first flick in 2001. What most don’t know—nor do their parents—is that the word shrek is Yiddish for terror or fear. Why would they? The word isn’t to be found in Leo Rosten’s 1971 classic, Joys of Yiddish, or any of its ... Read More »

Noble Books

Nine Nobel laureates reflect on their favorite classic and contemporary Jewish books “I do not believe that civilization will be wiped out in a war fought with the atomic bomb. Perhaps two-thirds of the people of the Earth might be killed, but enough men capable of thinking, and enough books, would be left to start again, and civilization could be ... Read More »

Spice Box

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Meet Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz (aka Jon Stewart)

Even with an anglicized name, the host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show is quintessentially Jewish. At the forefront of modern political satire, the comedian just may be "the most trusted man in America." Read More »