Leah Falk

Leah Falk is from Pittsburgh. She earned an M.F.A. from the University of Michigan, and her poems can be found in issues of FIELD, Kenyon Review, Smartish Pace, and other journals. She has also written for Haaretz, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and The Jewish Daily Forward, and is the founder and editor of MFA Day Job, a blog featuring writers who make a living outside of academe. She likes strong women, bagels, and lakes.

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An Irreverent Haggadah to Hide Under the Seder Table

By On April 6, 2017

Imagine your most irreverent friend – the one who maybe eats a BLT on matzoh during Pesach, because “at least it’s not bread.” Yeah, what if you let him lead the seder… Read More

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Immigrant Jews Created Preppy High Fashion

By On April 3, 2017

Ever wonder why your grandfather loves that coral-colored polo so? It might be because Jews, as demonstrated by a snappy new video from the fashion magazine Racked, had a hand and a presser-foot in… Read More

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Beyonce’s Coming to Seder

By On March 30, 2017

Have you ever wished Beyonce could lead your seder? This Passover, your wish can almost come true, with Beyonceder, the Pesach-Bey mashup meme series you didn’t know you needed (and its attendant… Read More

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Hot Pockets Were Invented by These Iranian Jewish Brothers

By On March 17, 2017

The American dream is microwaveable. At least it was for Paul and David Merage (formerly Meraj), the Jewish Iranian immigrant brothers behind America’s favorite savory drunk snack, the Hot Pocket. The brothers… Read More

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This Yiddish Ventriloquist Taught Tina Fey the Tricks of His Trade

By On February 28, 2017

Yiddish for dummies? Nope, it’s not the title of a paperback designed to get you back in touch with the mame-loshn — it’s what gets spoken during Jonathan Geffner’s Yiddish ventriloquist act. That’s… Read More

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IKEA Israel’s Special Woman-Free Haredi Catalogue

By On February 21, 2017

How do the Haredi do hygge, the Nordic coziness concept that infuses IKEA? Judging from the pages of the catalogue recently made expressly for the design giant’s Israeli ultra-Orthodox clientele — without a woman… Read More

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How Hungary’s Leading Anti-Semitic Politician Discovered His Jewish Roots

By On February 15, 2017

You may have followed the 2013 story of the Hungarian right-wing anti-Semitic leader Csanad Szegedi discovering that his grandmother was not only Jewish, but had survived Auschwitz. Joseph Martin’s new documentary Keep… Read More

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Fraggle Rock’s Yiddish-Speaking Trash Heap Named Marjory

By On February 14, 2017

Who do you go to when you need advice, along with a little sass? If you were a Fraggle, you would have gone to Marjory the Trash Heap, a miracle of puppet… Read More

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The Online Holocaust ‘Selfie’ Art That Set the Internet Ablaze

By On January 26, 2017

You may have seen it: YOLOCAUST, a short-lived online gallery that transformed Holocaust-themed glamour selfies into historic scenes of horror, complete with corpses. Shahak Shapira, the Israeli artist behind the project, wanted to draw… Read More

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See Stunning Portraits of the Queer Women of Weimar Germany

By On January 3, 2017

In Weimar Berlin, the stars seemed to align for German Jewish photographer Marianne Breslauer. Born into a family of art lovers, Breslauer was encouraged to pursue photography. She had been a pupil at… Read More

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The Shocking, Not-So-Oily History of the Latke

By On December 29, 2016

If for the past week, you’ve forked up a pile of potato latkes fried in olive oil, thinking you’re channeling the persistence of your Hasmonean ancestors, think again. Far from being canonical,… Read More

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Death by Pastrami & Other Tales of Jewish NYC

By On December 16, 2016

If Shirley Jackson had been a Jewish garment factory manager, she might have written a book much like Leonard S. Bernstein’s terse short story collection Death by Pastrami. In 2014, this was… Read More

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