Monthly Archives: May 2012

The Excommunicated City

May 31, 2012
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The city of York, England, is a vacation spot where Londoners like to spend long weekends, enjoying a vibrant café culture and a growing nightlife. But there is said to be a Jewish spiritual curse, or herem, placed on the city–and some Jews are careful to avoid ever eating or spending the night in York. In…

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The Precious Age of 13

May 30, 2012
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The singer James Levy’s deep rumbling voice and thoughtful lyrics strongly remind us of Tom Waits…

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A Tale of Two Crown Heightses

May 29, 2012
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The neighborhood of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, is home to a large population of Hasidic Jews, and a…

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The Fifteen Commandments

May 25, 2012
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“All pay heed!” cries Mel Brooks, playing Moses in History…

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Crop Circles

May 24, 2012
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The six-pointed star has appeared in Jewish iconography for a…

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A Golem Goes to Hebrew School

May 23, 2012
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Literary grandmaster Cynthia Ozick is a critic, an innovator, and…

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Killing Jesus with Rhyme

May 22, 2012
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In a rap battle, participants lyrically insult each…

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Best Bathroom Reading

May 18, 2012
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According to Jewish law, it’s inadvisable to read holy…

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When the Nazis Ran Interpol

May 17, 2012
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The International Criminal Police Organization, or INTERPOL, helps…

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Alexander the Jew

May 16, 2012
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Many Jewish names are passed from generation to generation. There…

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The Secrets of Arab Men

May 15, 2012
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Sayed Kashua has made a career out of…

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Rakhmones afn Tayvl

May 14, 2012
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“Ich bin un Mentsch mit chutzpah und gelt,” sings Daniel…

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