Jewniverse Beach Reading!

August 12, 2014
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Jewniverse beach reads

Check back all week for our top summer reading picks from the archives! Monday’s pick: Shakespeare The Spy, a novel about an Israeli spy named Shakespeare by Joshua Sobol. Nothing else like this. Tuesday’s pick: Half Empty, the last novel American humorist David Rakoff published before his death. We miss this guy. Wednesday’s pick: Sydney Taylor’s Lower…

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The Israeli James Bond

August 8, 2014
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The Israeli James Bond

The name’s Cohen, Eli Cohen. Born to Jewish and Zionist parents in 1926, Israel defense was…

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The Woman Who Turned Boxes Filled With Junk Into Great Art

August 7, 2014
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The Woman Who Turned Boxes Filled With Junk Into Great Art

A bunch of scavenged old boards nailed together unevenly, and painted black. It might not…

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An Ultra-Orthodox Dating Show (Please Hold the Hot Tub)

August 6, 2014
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An Ultra-Orthodox Dating Show (Please Hold the Hot Tub)

They’re young. They’re single. They’re ultra-Orthodox Israelis. How…

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The Jewish Photographer Who Got Marilyn Monroe to Jump

August 5, 2014
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The Jewish Photographer Who Got Marilyn Monroe to Jump

Albert Einstein. Alfred Hitchcock. Marilyn Monroe. Salvador Dalí.  These celebrities are…

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Chinese Self-Help Books Teach You to Be Like the Jews

August 4, 2014
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Chinese Self-Help Books Teach You to Be Like the Jews

Head to the self-help or business section at a bookstore…

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The Jews Who Carved the Carousel Horses

August 1, 2014
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The Jews Who Carved the Carousel Horses

There’s nothing like mounting a horse, tossing your…

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The Prostitution Ring That Lured Women From Their Shtetls

July 31, 2014
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The Prostitution Ring That Lured Women From the Shtetls

The subject of prostitution is rarely associated with…

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Rudolf Kasztner: Hero or Nazi Collaborator?

July 30, 2014
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A New Film Asks: Was Rudolf Kasztner a Hero or Nazi Collaborator?

The Talmud says that “he who saves one…

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Elie Wiesel’s Mysterious Mentor

July 29, 2014
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Elie Wiesel's Mysterious Mentor

They say he dressed in rags. That he…

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Southern Africa’s Lost Tribe of Israel

July 28, 2014
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africa2jv

Africa is positively peppered with peoples of Jewish…

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The Man Who Taught Arabic in Yiddish

July 25, 2014
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The Man Who Taught Arabic in Yiddish

Have you been wanting to learn Palestinian Arabic? Bistu…

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