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Marc Davis

Marc Davis
Marc Davis grew up in the Old Country (Brooklyn), where he learned to love the Mets. His mom makes perfect chicken soup, and his dad forced him to listen to Mickey Katz records. Marc spent 28 years as a newspaper reporter and editor. He lives in Virginia Beach with his beautiful wife, Sharon.

How Minnesota’s Goyish Governor Passed for Jewish

March 21, 2014
By
olsen

Could there be a more goyishe name than Floyd Bjørnstjerne Olson? Believe it or not, the 22nd governor of Minnesota, born of Scandinavian parents, was so steeped in Yiddishkeit that he often passed for Jewish. Olson served as governor from 1931 to 1936. A self-described radical who represented the Farmer-Labor Party, he used the powers of…

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The Israeli Woman Who’s Reviving the Jazz Clarinet

February 3, 2014
By
Anat Cohen

Among the world’s top jazz musicians, there are few women instrumentalists, and even fewer Israeli…

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The Anti-Semitic Origins of “Hip Hip Hooray”?

January 21, 2014
By
Hep-hep-riots

Three cheers for the bat mitzvah girl! Hip hip hooray! Hip hip… wait, stop. This…

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The “Mad Woman” Who Sold Jewish Rye to Goyim

January 14, 2014
By
Levy's Rye Bread

In the long history of Jewish culinary triumphs, there…

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2014: The Year “Fiddler” Turns 50

January 1, 2014
By
fiddler on the roof

Was there ever a real-life shtetl as joyful,…

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The Screw-y, Filthy World of Al Goldstein

November 18, 2013
By
Al_Goldstein

The lives of some sex peddlers are just…

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“Moo. Please No Murder Me” – and Other Torah Commentaries

September 24, 2013
By
unscrolled

So begins “The Song of the Red Cow,”…

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From German Universities Straight to the Black South

September 23, 2013
By
scholars

The story of American Jews helping Southern blacks is well…

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The Yom Kippur Debut of the Girl Rabbi of the Golden West

September 12, 2013
By
ray-frank

Yom Kippur 1890 was a typical day for Jewish repentance but…

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Stravinsky the Anti-Semite

September 2, 2013
By
stravinsky

Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring is an odd piece that’s…

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The Most Embarrassing Jewish Search Result

August 20, 2013
By
jewish-and-you-know-it

Try this at home. Go to YouTube, type the…

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Roaming Europe in Search of Yiddish Joy

August 14, 2013
By
helix

To hear some people tell it, you’d think…

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