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The Jewish Woman Behind Celebrity American Dolls

By On May 24, 2017

These days, the true test of a celebrity’s, well, celebrity, rests with hosting an episode of Saturday Night Live or perhaps in coming out with a signature athleisure line (here’s looking at you, Beyoncé).… Read More

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This Muslim-Jewish Rapper Drinks Manischewitz and Raps About His Bris

By On May 23, 2017

Arian Asllani may have grown up Muslim, but he has some darkly vivid memories of his bris. As he raps, he’s… Been wilding since the Rabbi snipped it Then they laughed and… Read More

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Italian Doctors Fooled Nazis by Inventing This Fake Disease

By On May 22, 2017

In 1943, a team of ingenious Italian doctors invented a deadly, contagious virus called Syndrome K to protect Jews from annihilation. On October 16 of that year, as Nazis closed in to… Read More

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This Jewish-Raised Hindu Musician Sings About Islam

By On May 19, 2017

The Australian-born singer-songwriter Ben Lee has been on a lifelong spiritual quest. He was raised Jewish, studied Taoism, and was married in a Hindu ceremony. Now he’s released an album called Ben… Read More

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The Secret Nazi History Behind ‘The Crown’

By On May 18, 2017

The Crown, Netflix’s epic bio-drama about the British monarchy, failed to win any honors at this year’s BAFTA awards, despite high praise for the show’s historical accuracy and outstanding cast. But critics have… Read More

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A Jewish Cult Poet and His Famous Anti-Semitic Friend

By On May 17, 2017

If you’re familiar with Ezra Pound, the king of modernist poetry, then you’re probably aware of his notorious anti-Semitism. What you might not know is that a Jewish Marxist poet with a… Read More

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When The Philippines’ First Synagogue Burned to the Ground

By On May 15, 2017

The Philippines’ first synagogue had bad timing. Jews had arrived in the Philippines after the Spanish Inquisition, but after World War I a new influx of Russian Jews arrived, and decided it was… Read More

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This Viennese Writer Ran from Nazis to the Brazilian Jungle

By On May 15, 2017

The Viennese Jewish writer Stefan Zweig wrote about what you might expect a friend of Freud, Herzl, and Richard Strauss to write about: psychoanalysis, Judaism, rage, guilt, and sex. Zweig, who was born… Read More

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Gimmel, the Finnish Girl Band With a Hebrew Name

By On May 12, 2017

Most Jews know gimmel as the best Hebrew letter on a dreidel — you know, the one that gives the lucky spinner the entire pot of chocolate gelt. But all Hebrew letters… Read More

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America’s Favorite Toy Was Created to Forge Middle East Peace

By On May 11, 2017

If you’ve spent any time with America’s children lately, you know about the “fidget spinner” craze. What might surprise you is that these spinning doodads were created by an American mom after a… Read More

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The Forgotten Yemenite Jewish Exile of 1679

By On May 11, 2017

There were about 55,000 Jews living in Yemen in 1948. Today, there are 50. Though the most notorious calamity in Yemenite Jewish history were the riots following the declaration of the state of… Read More

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Hip, Strange Yiddish Music Videos Straight Outta Germany

By On May 9, 2017

“Everything has an end–only the sausage has two.” It’s not the only German idiom involving sausage (there are many), but so far as we know it is the only one to first… Read More