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Festivus, the secular December holiday credited to a screenwriter of the 1990s television sitcom “Seinfeld,” grew in popularity beyond its television roots as a secular societal celebration that allowed participants to express their feelings and frustrations with the holiday season. Festivus parties take place across the United States, serving as magnets for younger generations of Americans, among them many Jews. The celebrants of Festivus have stripped the holiday season of any religious meaning, instead relying upon irony and parody to carry the day.
Festivus Chai! And at Whole Food’s no less! While rambling around the aisles of the Whole Foods at Union Square in Greenwich Village, my wife, son and I encountered an entire wall of Festivus Chai! According to its online marketing materials, Festivus Chai is a limited‐edition seasonal holiday chai made with real cocoa, holiday spices, and organic ingredients.
Garry Kasparov tells us what it’s like to play chess in the shadow of Bobby Fischer.
In a 1923 article in The Nation, “Romanian-Jewish-American-Yiddish novelist, journalist, dandy, screwball folklorist of the Gypsies” Konrad Bercovici described “The Greatest Jewish City in the World.”
An Israeli forger almost managed to sell a fake Kandinsky for three million Euro.
You have until February 27 to catch Yeshiva University’s annual Seforim Sale.
Joan Rivers and her daughter, Melissa, talk about their upcoming reality TV show.
Would you have watched “The Seinfeld Chronicles”?
Bob Dylan has signed on with Simon & Schuster to write no less than six new books.
Meet Ka’et, a dance troupe of Orthodox Jewish men in Israel.