Award-winning writer Rich Cohen excavates the real stories behind the legend of infamous criminal enforcers Murder, Inc. and contemplates the question: Where did the tough Jews go?
Author: Richard Cohen
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Award-winning writer Rich Cohen excavates the real stories behind the legend of infamous criminal enforcers Murder, Inc. and contemplates the question: Where did the tough Jews go? In 1930s Brooklyn, there lived a breed of men who now exist only in legend and in the memories of a few old-timers: Jewish gangsters, fearless thugs with nicknames like Kid Twist Reles and Pittsburgh Phil Strauss. Growing up in Brownsville, they made their way from street fights to underworld power, becoming the execution squad for a national crime syndicate. Murder Inc. did for organized crime what Henry Ford did for the automobile, and Tough Jews is the first in-depth portrait of these men, a thrilling glimpse at the muscle that made possible the success of gangster statesmen such as Bugsy Siegel, Meyer Lansky, and Lucky Luciano. For Rich Cohen, who grew up in suburban Illinois in the 1980s taunted by the stereotype of Jews as book-reading rule followers, the very idea of the Jewish gangster was a relief; for once, a Jew in jail did not have to be a white collar criminal. With a clear eye and a comic sensibility, Cohen looks beyond the blood and ultimately encounters each of these ruthless killers’ matzo-ball heart. Tough Jews shows what can happen when a member of the tribe combines brains, heart, and a dangerous determination never to back down.
a gress , supports and opposes candidates , sponsors seminars and lectures , and advises college students in the art of challenging critics of Israel on college campuses . Although Edward Tivnan does not speak of tough Jews as such ...
TOUGH JEWS There are abundant stereotypes of Jewish men in particular as weak, timid, or nerdy and as the nebbish, the scholarly rabbi, or the Holocaust victim. It's nothing new for some Jews to feel uncomfortable with these stereotypes ...
Author: Michael Croland
Category: Social Science
Step inside a fascinating world of Jews who relate to their Jewishness through the vehicle of punk—from prominent figures in the history of punk to musicians who proudly put their Jewish identity front and center. • Provides a fascinating exploration of alternative, against-the-grain expressions of Jewish identity in the contemporary United States as seen in music, documentaries, young adult novels, zines, and more • Shows the prominent role of Jewish individuals in the history of punk, including such major bands as the Ramones, the Dictators, the Clash, Bad Religion, and NOFX as well as Malcolm McLaren, the manager of the Sex Pistols • Documents the significant role that punk has played in shaping key contemporary Jewish music, including klezmer and Radical Jewish Culture
TALMUDIC SISSY OR JEWISH DUPIN ? 1. On the “ tough " Jew , see Paul Breines , Tough Jews . Breines's quick definition of tough Jews is “ Jews who fight , who are violent in the public political sphere " ( ix ) .
Author: Laurence Roth
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Category: Literary Criticism
Inthis book, Laurence Roth argues that the popular genre of Jewish detective stories offers new insights into the construction of ethnic and religious identity. Roth frames his study with the concept of "kosher hybridity" to look at the complex process of mediation between Jewish and American culture in which Jewish writers voice the desire to be both different from and yet the same as other Americans. He argues that the detective story, located at the intersection of narrative and popular culture in modern America, examines the need for order in a disorderly society, and thus offers a window into the negotiation of Jewish identity differing from that of literary fiction. The writers of these popular cultural texts, which are informed by contradiction and which thrive on intended and unintended ironies, formulate idioms for American Jewish identities that intentionally and unintentionally create social, ethnic, and religious syntheses in American Jewish life. Roth examines stories about American Jewish detectives--including Harry Kemelman's Rabbi Small, Faye Kellerman's Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus, Stuart Kaminsky's Abe Lieberman, and Rochelle Krich's Jessica Drake--not only as a genre of literature but also as a reflection of contemporary acculturation in the American Jewish popular arts.
Bodner, When Boxing Was a Jewish Sport, 168. Also see Steven A. Riess, “A Fighting Chance: The Jewish American Boxing Experience,” American Jewish History 74 (March 1985), 222–253. 20. Rich Cohen, Tough Jews: Fathers, Sons, and Gangster ...
Author: Ezra Mendelsohn
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Volume XXIII of the distinguished annual Studies in Contemporary Jewry explores the role of sports in modern Jewish history. The centrality of sports in modern life--in popular and even in high culture, in economic life, in the media, in international and national politics, and in forging ethnic identities--can hardly be exaggerated, but in the field of Jewish studies this subject has been somewhat neglected, at least until recently. Students of American Jewish history, for example, often emphasize the role of sports in the Americanization of the immigrants, while students of Jewish nationalism pay closer attention to its appeal for the regeneration of the Jewish nation, as well as the creation of a new, healthy, Jewish body. The essays brought together in Jews and the Sporting Life expand the body of knowledge about the place sports occupied, and continue to occupy, in Jewish life. They examine the connection between sports and Jewish nationalism, particularly Zionism, and how organized Jewish sports have been an agent of nation-building. They consider the role of Jews as owners of sports teams, as amateur and professional athletes, and as fans and bettors. Other themes include sports and Jewish literature, and boxing as a sport that enabled Jewish men to prove their masculinity in a world that often stereotyped them as weak and "feminine." This volume concentrates on twentieth century developments in Israel, Europe, and the United States.
Similarly, Paul Breines in his Tough Jews (1990) candidly refers to 1982, the year of Israel's war in Lebanon, as the occasion of his “first tough Jewish awakening”7°– one that brought him (like Memmi before him) into critical ...
Author: Peter Medding
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
Bringing together contributions from established scholars from multiple disciplines, Volume XVIII of Studies in Contemporary Jewry offers a broad-ranging and timely view of Jews and violence. The volume construes violence broadly, including deviance and crime, verbal threat and incitement, and coercion, force and the resort to arms in individual, collective and communal, and state contexts. The essays span events in Israel, Russia, Germany, and the United States.
Instead, as scholars working in the field of Jewish studies have well documented, traditional models of Jewish ... According to Breines, the tough Jews go so far as to create an ideal Jewish body imagery that closely resembles the ...
Author: Derek Parker Royal
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Category: Literary Criticism
Examining a wide range of comics and graphic novels – including works by creators such as Will Eisner, Leela Corman, Neil Gaiman, Art Spiegelman, Sarah Glidden and Joe Sacco – this book explores how comics writers and artists have tackled major issues of Jewish identity and culture. With chapters written by leading and emerging scholars in contemporary comic book studies, Visualizing Jewish Narrative highlights the ways in which Jewish comics have handled such topics as: ·Biography, autobiography, and Jewish identity ·Gender and sexuality ·Genre – from superheroes to comedy ·The Holocaust ·The Israel-Palestine conflict ·Sources in the Hebrew Bible and Jewish myth Visualizing Jewish Narrative also includes a foreword by Danny Fingeroth, former editor of the Spider-Man line and author of Superman on the Couch and Disguised as Clark Kent..
Jews weren't tough; we were cerebral. We didn't own guns we lobbied our congressmen for gun control.”82 However, through a number of movies, notably Once Upon a Time in America (1984), Billy Bathgate (1991), and Bugsy (1991), ...
Author: Raanan Rein
This volume brings together some of the best new works on armed Jews in the Americas. Links between Jews and their ties to weapons are addressed through multiple cultural, political, social, and ideological contexts, thus breaking down longstanding, stilted myths in many societies about Jews and weaponry.
... 63 totalitarianism, 16 Tough Guys Don't Dance (Mailer), 63 Tough Jews (Cohen), 53 Tough Jews: Political Fantasy and the Moral Dilemma of American Jewry (Breines), 53 Tripoli. See Libyan Jews Truman, Harry S., 61, 183 Turnbegwegung.
Author: Jack Kugelmass
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
How sports can provide a path toward citizenship for minority populations
Gerald Gems , an expert on Chicago working - class sport , explores the rise of sport at a Jewish settlement in his ... As pointed out in my essay “ Tough Jews : The Jewish American Boxing Experience , 1890–1950 , ” boxing fit in well ...
Author: Steven A. Riess
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
This book debunks the conventional stereotype that Jews and sports are somehow anathema and clearly demonstrates that sports have long been a significant institution in Jewish American life. Jews were among the very first professional baseball players and the most outstanding early American track stars. In the 1920s and 1930s they dominated inner-city sports such as basketball and boxing and produced star athletes in virtually all sports. Many Jews were also prominent in the business, communication, and literary aspects of sport. These essays, written by leading contemporary sports historians, examine the contributions of Jewish men and women to American sports. Steven A. Riess's article on this topic is the most comprehensive overview ever written and will doubtless become a standard reference for years to come.