The Jewish Nazi Film That Was Too Nazi for the Jews

October 22, 2014
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The Jewish Nazi Film That Was Just a Little Too Nazi

What could scream “zeitgeist” louder than a 1942 American comedy about a troupe of Polish actors who use their knack for disguise to fool Nazis? Though it was the season for anti-Nazi propaganda, To Be or Not to Be—directed by Jewish auteur Ernst Lubitsch, whose films were known for having a certain…

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The Puerto Rican Boxer With the Kosher Tattoo

October 21, 2014
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The Puerto Rican Boxer With the Kosher Tattoo

Pro boxers don’t usually wear their sponsorship on their sleeves – but Puerto Rican fighter Miguel…

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How Anti-Semitism Helped Ruth Bader Ginsburg Succeed

October 20, 2014
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How Anti-Semitism Helped Ruth Bader Ginsburg Succeed

Rising to barely 5 foot 1 inch, weighing in at just under 100 pounds, and…

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The New Trans TV Show That’s Good for the Jews

October 15, 2014
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Why the New Trans TV Show is Good for the Jews

Amazon’s first foray into television, Transparent, looks like it…

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When the High Priest Was Pelted With Citrons

October 14, 2014
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When the High Priest Was Pelted With Citrons

It’s autumn. Do you get upset when squirrels…

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The Amazing New Molecule Shaped Like a Jewish Star

October 13, 2014
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The Amazing New Molecule Shaped Like a Jewish Star

Even Isaac Asimov couldn’t dream this up. A team of…

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The Lady Gaga of Hasidic Music

October 8, 2014
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The Lady Gaga of Hasidic Music

He’s been called the Jewish Elvis; he’s been called the…

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The Surprising Hasidic Subtext of a Popular New Novel

October 7, 2014
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Why "Back to the Future" is About the World to Come

Ben Lerner is not primarily a novelist – he’s a…

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Finally! Seinfeld in Yiddish.

October 6, 2014
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Finally! Seinfeld in Yiddish.

The trademark bass-slapping is at first replaced with the opening…

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When the Hearthrob of the Yiddish Cinema Led Kol Nidre

October 3, 2014
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When the Hearthrob of the Yiddish Cinema Sang Kol Nidre

If Kol Nidre has never made you shiver with emotion,…

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The Refugees’ Japanese Savior

October 2, 2014
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The Refugees' Japanese Savior

With the Soviet Occupation of Lithuania in full…

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The Crazy New App For Using Your iPhone on Shabbos

October 1, 2014
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The Crazy New App for Using Your iPhone on Shabbos

  Shabbos and technology: two great tastes that…

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