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September, 2013

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Wilt Chamberlain, Borscht-Belt Bellhop

By On September 30, 2013

In 1954, at 17 years old, 7’1″ Wilt Chamberlain was already a basketball phenom. But the summer before his senior year of high school he took a summer job as a bellhop at Kutsher’s Country… Read More

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We’re Off For Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah – See You Monday!

By On September 25, 2013

The Jewniverse is closing shop again for the finale of the Jewish fall holidays, Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah! We’re off to dance with a Torah, and brush up on our origins story.… Read More

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The Master Wigmaker of Peru

By On September 25, 2013

Give a woman a wig, her head is covered. Teach a woman to make wigs and she’s in business. This somewhat altered maxim is the apparent motto of “Helene Rosen” the pseudonym given… Read More

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“Moo. Please No Murder Me” – and Other Torah Commentaries

By On September 24, 2013

So begins “The Song of the Red Cow,” one of 54 strange and delightful Torah commentaries in Unscrolled, a motley collection of essays, memoirs, cartoons, and shticks. Each is as unique as the poor red heifer,… Read More

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From German Universities Straight to the Black South

By On September 23, 2013

The story of American Jews helping Southern blacks is well known. But the story of Southern blacks helping oppressed German Jews is not. As Nazism swept Germany in the 1930s, Jewish intellectuals fled to… Read More

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We’re Off For Sukkot – See You Monday!

By On September 18, 2013

Well, The Jewniverse is off again for Sukkot. That’s right, we’ve got another Jewish holiday starting tonight! This time, it’s Sukkot, a 7 day festival in which we sit and eat (and… Read More

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“Sukkah City,” The Movie

By On September 18, 2013

After 3 years, Sukkah City—the sukkah-building competition that prompted hundreds of architects from around the world to compete in redesigning the traditional 3,000 year-old sukkah—is back in a newer, more narrative, more 2-dimensional form: a documentary.… Read More

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Carlebach Hits Broadway

By On September 17, 2013

Soul Doctor, the new Broadway musical based on Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach‘s life, has all the charm and kitsch and cringe of the genre. Traveling full circle from Vienna and stopping in New York,… Read More

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The U.S. Army’s Very Goat-y High Holiday Affair

By On September 16, 2013

The ram that appeared just in time to interrupt the binding of Isaac was certainly cause for celebration—if millennia of hand-wringing. But some other historical Jewish encounters with animals have been notably less biblical in proportion. Just… Read More

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We’re Off For Yom Kippur – See You Monday

By On September 13, 2013

The folks here at the Jewniverse are off for the holiday of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. We’ve already confessed our sins via the eScapegoat, read a 1890 Yom Kippur sermon of… Read More

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A Yom Kippur Buzz From…Another Direction

By On September 13, 2013

With Yom Kippur only hours away, you may already be dreading the caffeine headache that will soon distract you from your morning prayers. Yom Kippur may be the Day of Atonement, but how can you focus… Read More

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The Yom Kippur Debut of the Girl Rabbi of the Golden West

By On September 12, 2013

Yom Kippur 1890 was a typical day for Jewish repentance but an extraordinary day for Jewish women: It was the first time a woman delivered a sermon from the pulpit. Addressing a mixed gathering of Orthodox and Reform… Read More