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June, 2011

science
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Dragons, Robots, and Golems

By On June 30, 2011

The best Jewish stories have always been the supernatural ones. The Red Sea splitting open; Saul’s visit to the Witch of Endor; medieval tales about golems. The new collection People of the Book embraces the Jewish… Read More

the only synagogue in new york
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The Only Synagogue in New York

By On June 29, 2011

You’ve likely heard the old Jewish joke: A man is marooned on a desert island for years. He’s discovered, and he shows his rescuers around–his house, his workshop, and two synagogues. “But why do… Read More

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Before the Bomb

By On June 28, 2011

Dai—the title of Israeli-American comic Iris Bahr‘s 2008 one-woman play–is a Hebrew word that means “enough.” Dai also sounds like an English word, die, which is a chilling and emotional summary of the play: It covers the final… Read More

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The Book of Tobit

By On June 27, 2011

Here’s a story of demons, supernatural nuptials, and a dog who makes a pilgrimage. The Book of Tobit dates back more than 2500 years, to 700 BCE. It’s considered part of the apocrypha–a set of works that were… Read More

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Green Lantern’s Boss is Jewish

By On June 24, 2011

One of this summer’s biggest-budget films has an unexpected cameo, of sorts…from David Ben-Gurion. Green Lantern, a new film about a superhero who wields–you guessed it–a magical green lantern, is based on the comic book… Read More

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Klezmer Done Right

By On June 23, 2011

Although most people associate klezmer music with Eastern Europe, the modern style of fast-tempo was actually developed in America–in the late 19th century, first performed by immigrants who wanted to play new-world music with old-country… Read More

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God Is Great (and I’m Not)

By On June 22, 2011

Sometimes, a spiritual search can be as hard as the search for the perfect boyfriend. Here’s a film that chronicles the quest for both. The 2002 film God is Great (and I’m Not) stars… Read More

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Activists for Everyone

By On June 21, 2011

Brit Shalom was an activist group that tried to find common ground between Jews and Arabs in order to establish a lasting peace between the two groups. Sound like a headline straight out of today’s… Read More

vampires
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Fangs, Pale Skin, & a Star of David

By On June 20, 2011

Today, we think of vampires as tall, pale creatures with an unquenchable thirst and a marble beauty straight out of Twilight. Historically, however, they were somewhat less conventionally sexy–often portrayed as decaying, festering corpses fresh… Read More

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Was Leo Bloom a Jew?

By On June 16, 2011

On June 16th, literary geeks around the world (and on the Internet) celebrate Bloomsday, a holiday named after Leopold Bloom, the protagonist of James Joyce’s novel Ulysses. Ulysses is 783 pages, but it takes place… Read More

keep your wives away from them
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Keep Your Wives Away from Them

By On June 15, 2011

Being a lesbian and an Orthodox Jew isn’t necessarily a paradox. After all, the sections of the Torah which prohibit homosexuality don’t contain a single word about lesbianism. Still, in Orthodox culture, the social stigma of lesbianism is every bit as… Read More

jews with flavor
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Jews with Flavor

By On June 14, 2011

DeLeon is the rare band playing traditional Jewish songs that isn’t afraid to move beyond its borders: Sure, they cover traditional Sephardic music, but they arrange and perform the music in such a distinctive way… Read More

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