Ded Moroz, or: Santa Claus

An American sentence: Unlike Santa Claus, Ded Moroz wears outfits of various colors. Ded Moroz (Grandfather Frost) Santa Claus and Ded Moroz have several superficial similarities: theyโ€™re old white men with long white beards, wearing heavy coats with white trim, giving out presents to the good little children... Nonetheless, Ded Moroz has a few distinctly… Continue reading Ded Moroz, or: Santa Claus

The Baby Jesus, or: Yeshu haTinok

An American sentence: If Christ was born on Christmas, his circumcision was held on New Year's. What's an 'American Sentence'? Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the American Sentence, felt that the haiku didnโ€™t work as well in English. Ginsberg decided to remove the line structure of the haiku, maintaining the requirement of 17 syllables total. He… Continue reading The Baby Jesus, or: Yeshu haTinok

Insider, or: Outsider

A quadrille In the form of a Shadorma My best friend in graduate school was Christian. As a Jew, I asked for help with our school's tree and its tinsel. I'd gone to Salvation Army to pick up Angels for that fake fir tree. Each had a poor child's name on it. Shadorma The Shadorma… Continue reading Insider, or: Outsider