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October, 2012

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Shanghai Ghetto

By On October 31, 2012

In 1938, in the aftermath of Kristallnacht, European Jews started looking for any and every escape path. When word got out that Shanghai, which was then under Japanese control, did not require a… Read More

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Jews in Iran

By On October 30, 2012

According to the Bible, Queen Esther saved the Jews of Persia from being wiped out by the evil Haman. But what happened to the Persian Jewish community after that? “Light and Shadows: The Story of Iranian… Read More

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Mazel Tov, K-Pop!

By On October 29, 2012

Just a few months ago, Korean pop star Psy’s smash hit “Gangnam Style” launched K- pop into the global limelight. But years before “Gangnam Style,” K-pop was already rearing its head in the Jewish… Read More

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Out of Orbit

By On October 26, 2012

“How do you hold onto life/when it won’t seem to hold onto you?” sings multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter Max Jared on his debut album Thoughtless Sounds. This question is from the ballad “Asaf Ramon,” a tender, sweet… Read More

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Up the Down Staircase

By On October 25, 2012

In 1923, a 12-year-old Russian girl named Belle Kaufman immigrated with her parents to America and, not knowing a word of English, was enrolled in the first grade. She caught up quickly, and decided… Read More

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An Icy Jerusalem

By On October 24, 2012

Cold weather is unusual in Jerusalem—but in March of last year a snowstorm briefly coated the city in white. It was Jerusalem’s first snow in 4 years, and Israelis from all over the… Read More

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The Jewish Chinese Revolutionary

By On October 23, 2012

Did you know that during the Chinese Cultural Revolution a Jewish man headed the Chinese Broadcast Administration? The new documentary The Revolutionary (trailer here) explores the fascinating life of Sidney Rittenberg, who went from Southern Jewish gentleman… Read More

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Meet the Middlesteins

By On October 22, 2012

In Jami Attenberg’s new novel The Middlesteins, the relationships between members of one suburban Chicago family are riddled with emotional landmines that all seem to link back to one woman: matriarch Edie Middlestein, sixty-something and… Read More

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Jewish Spies and Arab Wives

By On October 19, 2012

In movies and TV, intelligence operations are often portrayed as glamorously dangerous human chess matches with a series of sexual entanglements and ingenious double crosses. The operatives are master manipulators, forming intimate relationships… Read More

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How to Turn a Rotten Childhood into Immortal Beauty

By On October 18, 2012

The artist and children’s book writer Maurice Sendak lived a full and fruitful life. Before his death in May 2012, his book was adapted into a feature film, and he was honored by everyone from… Read More

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20- and 30-Something Jews: What Makes Them Tick?

By On October 17, 2012

In the new anthology Living Jewishly: A Snapshot of a Generation, 43 young writers weigh in on what Jewishness means to them. Edited by Stefanie Pervos Bregman, the anthology begins with the text… Read More

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Gog and Magog: Biblical Supervillians

By On October 16, 2012

Every superhero needs a supervillain to measure up against: Superman has Lex Luthor; Professor X has Magneto; Batman has the Joker, and more recently the mysterious strong-man Bane. In the book of Ezekiel, the hero/villain… Read More