Browsing Archive

January, 2013


Santa Fe’s Crypto-Jews, Illustrated

By On January 31, 2013

Quick, name 3 centers of Jewish culture. New York, Los Angeles and Tel Aviv? Why not include Santa Fe, New Mexico? A new graphic novel, El Iluminado, depicts present-day Santa Fe as the center… Read More


A Priest and a Rabbi Walk Into a Book

By On January 30, 2013

Isaac Frankel’s recently-released first novel, Sacred Apples, fascinatingly explores the intersection of Judaism,Christianity, and Islam—both in Jerusalem, where the plot unfolds, and beyond. With some lines taken directly from the Bible and the Talmud, and the rest matching… Read More


The Loopy Truths of Jewish Signatures

By On January 29, 2013

By now you’ve probably heard: Jack Lew, President Obama’s nominee for Treasury secretary, signs his name like your Uncle Saul after too much Manischewitz. And now his sloppy John Hancock may get scribbled across our… Read More


A Punk Fiddler

By On January 28, 2013

“In our little village of Anatevka, you might say every one of us is crazy.” In most productions of Fiddler on the Roof Tevye delivers these opening lines ponderously, reflectively—a bit, you could say,… Read More


Gangsta Meets Grandma: Bubala Please

By On January 25, 2013

Want a recipe for a viral video that gets the Jews a-“like”-ing and doesn’t star a tallis-wearing cat? Try this: start with essence of Cheech and Chong but replace the half-Chinese guy with a black guy. Add… Read More

Omaha Bible Rappers

Video: Shout-out to Omaha Jews!

By On January 24, 2013

“Summer’s hot like us, but in the winters: brrr! / Jews in the Midwest, that’s no slur.” Nebraskan teens sing their truth with Bible Raps.… Read More


Let My People Go

By On January 24, 2013

There’s a place where romantic fairy tale meets French bedroom farce, and where campy inside jokes about gay and Jewish stereotypes collide. This is the place where Mikael Buch’s new film Let My People Go! sits… Read More

Hasidic Boy Wins Chinese Dance Contest

Video: Hasidic Boy Wins Chinese Dance-Off

By On January 23, 2013

However did we miss this? Does anyone know who this boy is, and how he made it to this dance contest in Shenzen, China? We would really like to know.… Read More


The Other Avishai Cohen

By On January 23, 2013

In the vibrant and tight-knit world of jazz music, there is only one Miles Davis, one Ella Fitzgerald, and one Wynton Marsalis. But there are two Avishai Cohens, both of them successful,… Read More


Art from Jewish Chernobyl

By On January 22, 2013

In the centuries before the catastrophic 1986 nuclear disaster, the Ukrainian city of Chernobyl was the site of a vibrant Jewish community. German Jewish artist Marion Kahnemann recently created a mixed-media series depicting the… Read More


Black White & Jewish

By On January 21, 2013

Rebecca Leventhal Walker was born in Jackson, Mississippi in 1969. Her mother, famed black author Alice Walker and her father, Jewish lawyer Mel Leventhal, met at the height of the Civil Rights Movement. In… Read More

Adam Glaser

Video: A Jew Touches Ham

By On January 18, 2013

Stand-up comic Aaron Glaser‘s mystifying take on kashrut and the survival of the Jewish people:… Read More

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