Psoy Korolenko

JetLAG of Cultures

JetLAG music festival is a collision of cultures. Is it Russian? Jewish? American? One Russian Israeli headed to the festival to sort out the confusion.


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Operation Desert Stork

“I am now heading on a very long trip to two places, which for most of my adult life, I have been ambivalent about. And frankly, scared of. Parenthood and Israel. “

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How Hip is Hitler?

When is it ok to laugh at a madman from our not-too-distant past? What does it mean when we use fascist imagery in pop-culture? Niki Minaj just did it and so do many others. Erin Corber contemplates the trend.

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5775 Is Here!

Check out some of what Shtetl got up to in the past year. Let’s hope 5775 brings us all more weird and wonderful adventures in Jewish arts and culture! Shana Tova!!

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Milk and Meat

Watch this installment of Milk & Meat, where Mel and Nick talk about being in an interfaith relationship.

The Jew with the Magen-David Tattoo

Once considered seriously sinful, Judaic attitudes towards getting inked are changing. Adam Kovac speculates as to why the kids are branding themselves with Jewish marks upon the flesh.

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H. Fisher & Sons is Not Closing

Ever noticed H.Fisher & Fils while walking down St-Laurent Blvd. in Montreal? This shop has been around for ages and harks back to a time when needles and thread were the bread and butter of many a Jew in Montreal. As long as Esther Fisher has anything to say, it ain’t closing anytime soon. This story is reposted from The Third Solitude Series.

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The Interview

In this moving and funny memoir, Oscar Colman encounters Old Man Israel with his Yiddish accent and his fanatic intolerance for bad cheese sandwiches from the Golden Age cafeteria. A character like this, you won’t often find.

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The Shtetl Guide to the Boreka

Perplexed about the Jewish turnover of Turkish descent? Let Katherine Romanow take you inside Montreal’s bakeries for Shtetl’s guide to the best borekas in town.

Rabbi Believes Montreal Food is Sexier

Is Montreal food sexier? One rabbi with a foodograghic memory, is haunted by visions of poutine and other local cuisine. Writing from Providence (Rhode Island), ex-Montrealer Rabbi Rackover, bemoans the lack of the erotic in the American diet.

Cannibal Hamster

Read Jessica Mensch’s interview with comic artist R.M.H. Where does R.M.H. get her inspiration for the gory, absurd scenes she depicts? From nature? Sci-fi? Her cannibalistic hamster, perhaps?

Mitzvot or Mini Mars Bars?

Culture or costumes? Mitzvot or mini Mars Bars? Read Jon Selig’s soul searching deliberation over ….Jews for Jack’o’Lanterns. And feel free to leave your comment. Are you or your kids going out for Halloween this year? Is Halloween bad for the Jews?

Directors Deborah Kaufman and Alan Snitow
Stuck in the Middle With You

The controversial film “Between Two Worlds” examines the issues that are dividing the Jewish community today. Who has the right to speak for the Jews? Read Janis Seftel’s review of Deborah Kaufman and Alan Snitow’s most recent documentary.

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The Mohel’s Assistant: A Montreal Memoir

Read Oscar Colman’s hilarious, and deliciously wicked recollections of his big job as the assistant to Montreal mohel Rabbi Colton. This memoir brings to life the old streets of Montreal and how it felt to be a 12 year-old Jewish kid with a gig like no other.