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The Rosh Hashanah Sephardic Seder

By On September 30, 2016

Pop quiz: How many seders are in the Jewish year? If you said “one,” sorry, but we have to send you back to Hebrew school. Though it’s relatively unknown to the Ashkenazim… Read More

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‘The Sound of Music’ in Hebrew Is Lovely — And Hilarious

By On September 29, 2016

The Sound of Music probably conjures up images of Julie Andrews skipping through lush alpine meadows with blonde children—not exactly the people or the landscape familiar to Israeli kids. But that hasn’t… Read More

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How To Talk Like a Holocaust Scholar

By On September 28, 2016

Historian Deborah Lipstadt is used to giving lectures on the Holocaust at Emory University — not recording the way she says mundane phrases like “goodnight.” But that’s exactly what she did to… Read More

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Growing Up Jewish With Four Lesbian Moms

By On September 27, 2016

Back before the majority of Americans supported same-sex marriage, having gay parents was seen as more than a little weird. These self-identified “queerspawn” include a girl named Kellen Anne Kaiser, raised by… Read More

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Betty Boop’s Secret Jewish Past

By On September 26, 2016

In the summer of 1930, a Viennese Jewish immigrant named Max Fleischer created an anthropomorphized poodle named Betty Boop. The pooch waited tables and sang in a cartoon called “Dizzy Dishes.” But… Read More

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This Austrian Jew Played ‘Fiddler’s’ Tevye 2000 Times

By On September 23, 2016

A couple months ago, the world lost a truly singular talent: a man of exceptional range and kindness, a real gutte neshuma (a good soul). That man was 91-year-old Theodore Bikel: actor, singer,… Read More

How Chabad Students Beat Steve Jobs to Hacking the Phones
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The Rebbe Led. Steve Jobs Followed.

By On September 22, 2016

The year 1970 was monumental for bell bottoms, earth-lovers, and, it turns out, the technological discoveries that would lead to the internet. On January 17 of that year, a handful of Brooklyn… Read More

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The Jews Who Adopted Louis Armstrong

By On September 21, 2016

International jazz legend. Radio and film star…raised by Jews? Yup. Well, sort of. Louis Armstrong, also known as “Ambassador Satch,” was unofficially adopted by a family of Jewish immigrants from Lithuania who had a… Read More

This Ancient Jewish Martial Art From Jamaica or Yemen or Ethiopia or Something
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The Ancient Jewish Martial Art From Jamaica or Yemen or Ethiopia or Something

By On September 20, 2016

Depending on your penchant for skepticism, Abir Qesheth is either an ancient Jewish martial art passed down from Yemenite warriors or a brand new martial art created by a former rapper named Yehoshua… Read More

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These American Holocaust Rescuers Are Remembered in Ken Burns’s New Film

By On September 19, 2016

Documentarian Ken Burns, known for award-winning films like Jazz and Baseball (and bad haircuts), now turns his sights on an untold chapter of Holocaust history: the extraordinary story of Americans Waitstill and… Read More

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The New Cookbook Making Gefilte Fish Cool

By On September 18, 2016

Back in 2011, a few Jewish hipsters in Brooklyn did something to gefilte fish that had never been done before: They made it cool. Five years after launching their gourmet gefilte company,… Read More

The Renowned German Jewish Woman Writer You've Never Heard Of
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The Best German Jewish Woman Writer You’ve Never Heard Of

By On September 15, 2016

Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, literature is still just emerging from the former East Germany. The latest is Crossing: A Love Story, a gripping novel by a Jewish… Read More