King Saul and the Witch of Endor

October 31, 2014
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King Saul and the Witch of Endor

In honor of Halloween, today’s installment of Stories From the Back of the Bible is the controversial tale of the Witch of Endor, featuring Saul, the handsome but historically inept first king of Israel. For years, the prophet Samuel’s tough love helped Saul; Samuel rebuked him when necessary and interceded with the Lord and the Israelites…

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Heartbreaking Home Videos From the Old Country

October 30, 2014
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Heartbreaking Home Videos From the Old Country

We tend to think of early 20th-century Jewish migration as a one-way street. But a New…

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The Ancient Rabbi’s Secret Diary

October 29, 2014
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The Ancient Rabbi’s Secret Diary

Some people fill their diaries with secrets and desires, others with the details of nighttime…

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The Young Israeli Poet In Palestinian Drag

October 28, 2014
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The Young Israeli Poet In Palestinian Drag

Growing up in Tel Aviv, Morani Kornberg-Weiss only…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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