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The Shema Prayer Just Debuted in the Fighting Ring

By On December 2, 2016

For the first time ever, Mixed Martial Arts, the full-contact sport that consists of people beating the hell out of each other, just held their World Championship in Israel. This past Wednesday,… Read More

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Israel’s Biggest Drag Queen Was Once a Good Yeshiva Boy

By On December 1, 2016

It’s been about 15 years since Israeli Lior Yisraelov first tried on a dress at a Purim party during his last year at an Orthodox yeshiva high school. Since then, he has… Read More

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This Floating Nazi Barrack Was (Accidentally) Bombed at Sea

By On November 30, 2016

When you think of tragedy at sea, the names Titanic and St. Louis probably come to mind. But don’t forget the German luxury liner S.S. Cap Arcona. Built in 1926, the Cap… Read More

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Leonard Cohen’s Vacation in Castro’s Cuba

By On November 29, 2016

November marked the deaths of two very different public figures: Canadian-Jewish singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, and Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. But for two months in 1961, two years after the Castro-led 1959 revolution,… Read More

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‘Holocaust On Ice’ Breaks Records For Russian Tackiness

By On November 27, 2016

The Internet shines a spotlight on a lot of “seemed like a good idea at the time” schemes, but rarely have we seen something that deserved to be killed in the drawing… Read More

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The Ukrainian Synagogue That Became a Juice Factory

By On November 25, 2016

We recently featured a selection of former shuls across the U.S. now serving as everything from a police supply store to trendy condominiums. While many got a chuckle out of the post,… Read More

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The Basketball Victory That Changed Israel Forever

By On November 25, 2016

In 1977, Israel was trying to heal and stabilize after the tragic Olympic massacre at Munich, the Yom Kippur War, and the hostage crisis at Entebbe airport. Not to mention the heightening… Read More

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The Yiddish Tale Behind the Thanksgiving Turkey

By On November 23, 2016

Why do we eat turkey on Thanksgiving? There are lots of explanations, but socialist Jews have the best one. It appears in a 50-year-old Yiddish story, “Farvos est men indik tenksgiving” originally… Read More

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This Holocaust Jacket Sold for $2 at a Yard Sale

By On November 22, 2016

Two dollars won’t even get you a subway ride in NYC today. But for the family of Benzion Peresecki, it helped piece together an incredible story of survival from the Dachau concentration… Read More

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It Wasn’t Easy Being an Iberian Court Jew

By On November 21, 2016

Being a court Jew in 15th-century Iberia was a constant negotiation between prestige and death: If you were Isaac Abravanel, adviser to Portuguese King Alfonso and later the House of Castile, you… Read More

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Juicy Tales of Sex and Dating in Tel Aviv

By On November 18, 2016

D123: Such a shame. I thought we really clicked. JOAN OF ARC: I just wasn’t looking at my iPhone. I’m a bit drunk… D123: Want me to come over? So begins an… Read More

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Plant a Mini Noam Chomsky on Your Lawn!

By On November 17, 2016

This week, in an interview that’s gone viral, controversial Jewish linguist and historian Noam Chomsky calls the Republican Party “the most dangerous organization in world history” for “racing to the [climate] cliff.”… Read More

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