Last week I wrote about the death of a mysterisous 92 year-old homeless Holocaust surivor who left $100,000 to Hebrew University. I was incredibly troubled by the story, about how little was known about this woman, and about her story being lost forever. Today, we learned her story.
The American Jewess, published between 1895 and 1899, was a magazine for the contemporary Jewish American woman. (It also gave us the idea for 'Jewesses With Attitude.') The magazine covered a range of topics, including Zionism, health and fashion, marriage, travel, and the propriety of women riding bicycles.
Last night comedians including Carl Reiner, Gilbert Gottfried, Greg Giraldo, Jeffrey Ross, and Mario Cantone roasted Joan Rivers on Comedy Central. As she predicted in the clip below, it was a circus of pot-shots about her age, her plastic surgery, and her vagina.
Today the Jerusalem Post reported that a homeless Holocaust survivor living in Manhattan passed away at the age of 92. She left $100,000 to Hebrew University, and $100,000 to the man who gave her a room in exchange for parking his car all over the city. She did not have any connections to Hebrew University, and according to the report, nothing else is known about her. Will we ever learn her name?
Last night marked the beginning of Tu B’Av, a cool Jewish holiday that I just found out about! The more I read and discover about Tu B’Av and its possible feminist undertones, the more excited I get. It seems the Jewish community has, in recent years, began a movement to turn the 15th of Av into a modern Jewish holiday – the Jewish Valentine’s Day. Creating a holiday that celebrates love and sexuality from a progressive, feminist, and Jewish prospective? Now that is a movement I can get behind!