SHTETL MAGAZINE

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.

Identity

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Operation Desert Stork
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“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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History

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How Hip is Hitler?
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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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Holidays

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5775 Is Here!
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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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More Shtetl Magazine

OUTREMONT CONTROVERSY
Rabbi in Outremont Briefly Ex-communicated
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When you think of the Rialto Theatre in Montreal, you’re more likely to imagine Halloweeners dressed in drag lining up for the Rocky Horror Picture Show than a soirée with separate seating geared to the Hassidic community.

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Stinky Husbands Beware: The Intricacies of Jewish Divorce
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When your husband “goes out to get cigarettes” and takes off for good, it can be pretty devastating. If you happened to have married under Jewish law, beware, matters can get much worse.

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High Twilight: Dylanesque and Beautiful.
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Montrealer Daniel Isaiah’s new album High Twilight leaves no doubt about his immense talent. But did you know about his obsession with poppy seed hamentaschen? Read BJ Loomer’s review of High Twilight for all the dirty details.

In Defense of Self-Hatred
In Defense of Self-Hatred
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Read Joseph Rosen’s compelling defense of the age-old Jewish love for self-hatred. Is this a good thing? What is a “nomadic Jewish ethics” and how might it guide how we live morally, and, make the world laugh more?

A short story from The Meaning of Children
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Sit back and read Beverly Akerman’s touching tale of family life in Montreal through the eyes of Karen, a young girl who notices every detail. This is a story from The Meaning of Children, Akerman’s Giller-nominated book of short fiction.

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A Hasidic Romeo
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“Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish” looks at issues such as arranged marriage, the idealised notion of romantic love, ex-communication from community and family, and community infighting. This is a whacky modern Hassidic take on the age-old tale replete with lost youth, unrequited love and an edginess you’ll only find in Brooklyn.

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Sleepover with Socalled
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Socalled’s out with a new album and it’s one big funky Sleepover party with all the emotional and musical ups and downs of a gang of teenagers getting drunk, watching horror movies, dancing and making out in the basement at the cool kid’s house while her parents are upstairs fast asleep. Review by M. Kassel

CRIME AFTER CRIME
Crime After Crime
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“Crime after Crime” presents the agonizing story of one woman’s wrongful first-degree murder conviction and her eventual release after serving 27 years behind bars.

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The Jew Who Drew Stalin
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“Stalin Thought of You” recounts the fascinating story of Jewish political cartoonist Boris Efimov’s complex relationship to Joseph Stalin. Efimov’s pen drew the political leaders who shaped a century, including the one who had his own brother murdered.

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The Joyful Child
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There is no shortage of male bonding road trip novels, but Norman Ravvin’s The Joyful Child might just be the first story about a grown man on the road with a four-year-old.