Macho Macho Man...I want to be a....

Sorry folks, this header has nothing to do with the late 70s Gay club scene. Machismo, though, is a great topic. I just crafted a piece for the New Jersey Jewish News.

"Professor Daniel Boyarin’s 1997 work Unheroic Conduct: the Rise of Heterosexuality and the Invention of the Jewish Man was the counter-text to the Zionist typology of the new Jewish man as farm laborer and warrior. Boyarin sparked a new intellectual movement which sought instead to preserve and reinvent the gentle, studious, and "indoors" nature of the Jewish man.

Popular child psychology works such as William Pollack’s work Real Boys: Rescuing Our Sons from the Myths of Manhood and Peg Tyre’s The Trouble with Boys have fueled a growing concern that..." read it here.


NYU Wagner School's Berman Policy Archive Rocks!

thanks to the fine archivists over at NYU, someday a researcher might stumble upon some of my scribbles. They have 23 of my essays up on this page.

And a ton of searchable other stuff. Wow.




A Jewish Star: Nissen Brenenson from COLlive.com on Vimeo.

This right here folks is my cousin Nissen Brenenson singing his heart out. Nissen is a Chabad rabbi and is the educational director of the Jewish Childrens' Museum. I've seen him rock out at a Karaoke bar in the basement of a Days Inn. This is a bit more polished and sans boa.