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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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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Alexander Hamilton Was a Jewish Day School Boy

By On December 12, 2016

  If you’ve ever wondered, amid the frenzy over the musical Hamilton, “But what’s the Jewish angle?” have we got the story for you. Consider this about America’s favorite 18th-century illegitimate statesman: As a boy, he attended… Read More

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‘Holocaust On Ice’ Breaks Records For Russian Tackiness

By On November 27, 2016

The Internet shines a spotlight on a lot of “seemed like a good idea at the time” schemes, but rarely have we seen something that deserved to be killed in the drawing… Read More

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The Yiddish Tale Behind the Thanksgiving Turkey

By On November 23, 2016

Why do we eat turkey on Thanksgiving? There are lots of explanations, but socialist Jews have the best one. It appears in a 50-year-old Yiddish story, “Farvos est men indik tenksgiving” originally… Read More

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It Wasn’t Easy Being an Iberian Court Jew

By On November 21, 2016

Being a court Jew in 15th-century Iberia was a constant negotiation between prestige and death: If you were Isaac Abravanel, adviser to Portuguese King Alfonso and later the House of Castile, you… Read More

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How 19th-Century Jews Appealed to President Jefferson

By On November 10, 2016

Jews have a long history of making sure our heads of state hear from us. So if you’re planning on lobbying the President-elect, you could do worse than to model your conversation on a… Read More

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Meet Israel’s Miss Holocaust Survivor 2016

By On November 2, 2016

When a little girl dreams of being crowned pageant queen, it’s not usually accompanied by the title that came with Israeli Anna Grinis’s recent win: “Miss Holocaust Survivor.” But for Grinis, who… Read More