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June, 2014

Good News: All-of-a-Kind Family is Back!
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Good News: All-of-a-Kind Family is Back!

By On June 30, 2014

All-of-a-Kind Family, the mid-century classic Sydney Taylor children’s series of Lower East Side literature, is back! And not in an “Oh how awful, they tarted up 80’s kid favorite Strawberry Shortcake” kind… Read More

The Swedish Nazi Film You'll Want to See
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The Swedish Nazi Film You’ll Want to See

By On June 27, 2014

In The Last Sentence, by Swedish director Jan Troell, journalist and former theologian Torgny Segerstedt asks a variation on the old question “If a tree falls and no one is around to… Read More

The Righteous Gentile With The $4 Million Violin
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First He Rescued Jews, Then He Lost His $4 Million Violin

By On June 26, 2014

Founder of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, rescuer of over 1,000 Jews from Nazi persecution, world-renowned virtuoso violinist. This is a guy we can get behind. Born in Poland in 1882, Bronisław Huberman had an ear… Read More

What’s In God’s Tefillin?
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What’s In God’s Tefillin?

By On June 25, 2014

Tefillin, or phylacteries, are the black leather straps and boxes that are worn on the head and on the arm during weekday morning prayers. Madonna puts them on with her teeth. Barbie has a pair. Once on… Read More

Crocheting Holocaust Rape Into Art
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Crocheting Holocaust Rape Into Disturbing Art

By On June 24, 2014

Israeli artist Gil Yefman doesn’t hesitate to shock. His most recent show, “Bay Mir Bistu Sheyn (To Me You Are Beautiful),” focused on the Holocaust, and on the juxtaposition of everyday objects and beautiful scenery… Read More

A Yiddish Satire With Yiddishe Mamas and Soviet Fools
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A Forgotten Satire of Yiddishe Mamas and Soviet Fools

By On June 23, 2014

Stories of a bustling courtyard populated by hapless sages and wise young fools fill Moyshe Kulbak‘s classic satirical family novel of Soviet Minsk. It’s a compelling, tender read, newly translated by Hillel Halkin with a… Read More

Why the Rabbis Said We Should Censor the Bible
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Why the Rabbis Said We Should Censor the Bible

By On June 20, 2014

According to Jewish law, embarrassing someone is akin to murdering them. And this idea is taken so seriously that the Mishnah actually recommends censoring some Bible stories, because they are embarrassing for… Read More

Groucho Marx's Favorite Boy Violinist
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Groucho Marx’s Favorite Boy Violinist

By On June 19, 2014

Long considered perhaps the greatest violinist of his time, Jascha Heifetz was a virtuoso’s virtuoso. Born in Vilnius in 1901, Heifetz started young, receiving his first lessons from his father—a violin instructor—at three. By seven,… Read More

Meet Tom Freud, Sigmund’s Famous Niece
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Meet Tom Freud, Sigmund’s Famous Niece

By On June 18, 2014

You’ve probably heard of Lucian Freud, Sigmund Freud’s grandson, and a master of 20th-century painting, but he wasn’t the first member of the famous clan with visual acumen. The famous psychoanalyst‘s niece, Martha, who went… Read More

The Jewish Giant at the Freak Show
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The Jewish Giant at the Freak Show

By On June 17, 2014

When you think about tall guys today, most people think of the NBA. But sixty years ago, you would have been more likely to think of the circus. And you may have thought about Eddie… Read More

The Man Who Sent His Wife's Corpse to All of Israel
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The Man Who Sent His Wife’s Corpse to All of Israel

By On June 16, 2014

Remember when a man was so enraged over the murderous gang rape of his lady that he sent one-twelfth of her corpse to every tribe in Israel? It’s a story from Judges 19 that… Read More

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Brooklyn’s Weekly Shabbos Air Raid Siren

By On June 13, 2014

How do you prepare for Shabbat? Maybe by kneading some challah, inviting some friends to lunch. Probably not by blacking out your windows and hiding under the bed. But on Friday afternoons in parts… Read More

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