5 Jewish Culture Recommendations for May

Every month I make a thing called "The List" for a program I run. Jewish, but broad-mindedly so (if you don't immediately know why/how the things below are Jewish: good.) http://tentsite.org/the-list
  1. 1.
    A Yiddish vegetarian cookbook first published in Vilna in 1938, translated now for the first time.
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    Fence, a literary journal on a mission “to encourage writing that might otherwise have difficulty being recognized because it doesn’t answer to either the mainstream or to recognizable modes of experimentation,” edited and founded by Rebecca Wolff.
  3. 3.
    Two TV shows about TV: Maron season 3 (on IFC as of May 14) and The Larry Sanders Show (worth owning, and there's a new DVD set out May 19: http://amzn.to/1c6TTEQ).
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    Cheesecake. For Shavuot, which starts May 23, and on which dairy is traditionally eaten. Or just because cheesecake is good. Historic Jewish cheesecake makers who will mail you one include Junior's (http://bit.ly/1c6UrdH) and Eli's (http://bit.ly/1bOiLR0).
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    Mark Rothko (who was born in what's now Latvia, and learned Hebrew and Yiddish as a child). Inspired by my recent visit to the Tate Modern, where the Rothko room made me feel more spiritually reflective than anything has for a long while.