Abby Sher

Abby Sher is a writer and performer living in Brooklyn. She is the author of Amen, Amen, Amen: Memoir of a Girl Who Couldn’t Stop Praying (Among Other Things) and Breaking Free: True Stories of Girls Who Escaped Modern Slavery. Her writing has also appeared in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and Elle magazine, among other publications.

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This Muslim-Jewish Rapper Drinks Manischewitz and Raps About His Bris

By On May 23, 2017

Arian Asllani may have grown up Muslim, but he has some darkly vivid memories of his bris. As he raps, he’s… Been wilding since the Rabbi snipped it Then they laughed and… Read More

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Italian Doctors Fooled Nazis by Inventing This Fake Disease

By On May 22, 2017

In 1943, a team of ingenious Italian doctors invented a deadly, contagious virus called Syndrome K to protect Jews from annihilation. On October 16 of that year, as Nazis closed in to… Read More

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America’s Favorite Toy Was Created to Forge Middle East Peace

By On May 11, 2017

If you’ve spent any time with America’s children lately, you know about the “fidget spinner” craze. What might surprise you is that these spinning doodads were created by an American mom after a… Read More

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Amsterdam’s Jaw-Dropping 17th-Century Jewish Library

By On May 3, 2017

In 1639, Sephardic Jews in Amsterdam—many of whom had fled religious oppression in their home countries of Spain and Portugal—founded a school and meeting place that was a testament to their newfound… Read More

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Meet the Jewish Power Couple Behind Hollywood’s Iconic Films

By On May 3, 2017

It’s not often you get to see footage of the great Mel Brooks testifying that someone else “made him look like a great filmmaker.” Or countless producers, directors and film critics calling… Read More

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Lane Bryant Was a Jewish Orphan From Lithuania Before She Became a Household Name

By On May 2, 2017

In 1897, a 16-year-old Jewish orphan from Lithuania named Lena Himmelstein arrived in New York City and found work in a sweatshop for $1 a week. After her first husband, David Bryant, died at… Read More

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Maimonides on Dieting: Matzah Sucks, and Bread’s Bad, Too

By On April 14, 2017

Moses Maimonides aka Rambam (1135-1204) was a full-time physician, philosopher, and Rabbinic commentator. So how did he have time to eat healthfully instead of just grabbing some ramen on the go? A… Read More

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A New Israeli Smartphone App for the Dog Who Has Everything

By On March 28, 2017

Q: What do you get for the pooch who’s got it all? A: A smartphone app just for them. Duh. The municipal government of Tel Aviv has just launched Digi-Dog, an app especially for… Read More

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The Real ‘Gidget’ Was a Jewish Surfer Girl Named Kathy

By On February 27, 2017

In the premiere episode of the current season of HBO’s Girls, creator and lead actress Lena Dunham revealed one of the great unsung Jewesses of American pop culture: California surfer girl Gidget. Yes,… Read More

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How a Violin Brought a Holocaust Survivor and a 12-Year-Old Girl Together

By On February 23, 2017

“How long can you live with memories?” asks 91-year-old Holocaust survivor Joseph Feingold at the start of Joe’s Violin, an astounding Oscar-nominated short documentary. It’s not an easy question to answer, but his new… Read More

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How It Felt to Be a Holocaust Survivor in Skokie, Illinois

By On February 20, 2017

On June 25, 1978, after a year-long legal battle that had the whole nation debating the limits of free speech, a group of white supremacists were poised to march in the bucolic… Read More

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The Odd Couple Israeli Scientists Who Changed Psychology Forever

By On February 14, 2017

Amos and Danny were an unlikely duo. Amos Tversky was an eternal optimist, an Israeli military hero, and a neat freak. Even as a young man, Danny Kahneman was a pessimist and a worrier. Forced… Read More