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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A New Biblical Interpretation Says Jews Can Eat Bacon After All

By On June 19, 2017

It might be time to rethink everything you thought you knew about Jews and bacon. As you know, the laws of kashrut dictate that pigs are inherently unkosher: “And the swine, though… Read More

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A Hilarious, Forgotten Jewish Comedian Named Stanley

By On June 15, 2017

Which great Jewish comedian had oversized glasses, a nebbishy smile and a hilarious way of trying to get a date? The late, great Stanley Myron Handelman. In the ‘60s and ‘70s, Handelman… Read More

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The Original ‘Goldbergs’ TV Show Changed 1950s America

By On June 5, 2017

Every radio episode started the same way: “Yoo-hoo, is anybody?” And then: “That’s Molly Goldberg, folks – a woman with a place in every heart, and a finger in every pie.” Molly… Read More

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A New Comedy About Orthodoxy’s Separate Seating

By On May 25, 2017

Maybe we don’t laugh enough about the tensions between men and women in Orthodox synagogues. But the new Israeli film The Women’s Balcony finds a way to make us, while raising some provocative… Read More

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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