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July, 2014

The Prostitution Ring That Lured Women From the Shtetls
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The Prostitution Ring That Lured Women From Their Shtetls

By On July 31, 2014

The subject of prostitution is rarely associated with the word “Yiddish.” But from the 1860’s until the cusp of WWII, a powerful sex-trafficking ring operated between the shtetls of Eastern Europe and… Read More

A New Film Asks: Was Rudolf Kasztner a Hero or Nazi Collaborator?
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Rudolf Kasztner: Hero or Nazi Collaborator?

By On July 30, 2014

The Talmud says that “he who saves one life, it is as if he saved the entire world.” So a person who saved 1,684 lives during the Holocaust would surely be considered… Read More

Elie Wiesel's Mysterious Mentor
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Elie Wiesel’s Mysterious Mentor

By On July 29, 2014

  They say he dressed in rags. That he appeared with no warning, and disappeared just as quickly. That he was fluent in many languages, and equally so in the texts of… Read More

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Southern Africa’s Lost Tribe of Israel

By On July 28, 2014

Africa is positively peppered with peoples of Jewish descent at every corner. You probably know that Jews hail from Morocco and Ethiopia, and perhaps also from Ghana and Kenya. But did you know that the south is Lemba… Read More

The Man Who Taught Arabic in Yiddish
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The Man Who Taught Arabic in Yiddish

By On July 25, 2014

Have you been wanting to learn Palestinian Arabic? Bistu a yidish redner? (Are you a Yiddish speaker?) Then, Getzl Zelikovitz was your man. Born in Lithuania in 1863, Zelikovitz was somewhat of a linguistic prodigy… Read More

The Jewish Country Music Star
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The Jewish Country Music King

By On July 24, 2014

He’s 6’7″, wears a long grey ponytail down his back, and was named Texas Musician of the Year in 2004. His name is Ray Benson, and in addition to being the founder of… Read More

Did You Know That "Kugel" is South African for JAP?
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Did You Know That “Kugel” is South African for JAP?

By On July 23, 2014

Behold the kugel: a calorie-packed classic Ashkenazi comfort food typically made from egg noodles or potato and baked till the top crisps golden brown. It may just be your bubbe’s signature dish. Perhaps you… Read More

Seinfeld Emoji Help You Write Texts About Nothing
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Seinfeld Emoji Help You Write Texts About Nothing

By On July 22, 2014

Seinfeld was the most popular show on television in the late 1990s, and it was also arguably the most Jewish show on the air at the time. Though Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer rarely discussed… Read More

Torah On The Moon
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Torah On The Moon

By On July 21, 2014

Christian Bibles are available in hotel rooms, or by missionaries going door to door. But if you want a copy of the Torah while you’re traveling you have to bring one with you or… Read More

Was The Composer Richard Strauss a Nazi?
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Was The Composer Richard Strauss a Nazi?

By On July 18, 2014

So yes, he may have been the greatest composer of the 20th century. He may have been a Nazi, too. Though he never joined the party or used the Nazi greeting, Strauss cooperated… Read More

Sex(less) in the Holy City
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Sex(less) in the Holy City

By On July 17, 2014

The joys and oys of dating in New York City have been well-documented on television, from Friends, to Seinfeld, to Sex and the City. But what about dating in that other center of young Jewish… Read More

The Jewish Bubbe of Second-Wave Feminism
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The Jewish Bubbe of Second-Wave Feminism

By On July 16, 2014

You probably think of Betty Friedan as a feminist, activist, or writer, but there was another side to her: progressive Jew. Born Bettye Naomi Goldstein in 1921 in Peoria, Illinois to parents of Russian and Hungarian… Read More

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