Matthue Roth

Matthue Roth

Matthue Roth created Jewniverse. He also co-created G-dcast, the animated Torah film series. His most recent book is My First Kafka, a picture book for children. He's also the author of the memoir Yom Kippur a Go-Go and three novels. He lives in Brooklyn with his family, and he keeps a secret diary at www.matthue.com.

Oy Oy Oy Gevalt! A New Book All About the Jews of Punk
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Oy Oy Oy Gevalt! A New Book All About the Jews of Punk

By On August 19, 2016

The cover of Oy Oy Oy Gevalt! Jews and Punk (Praeger, 2016), Michael Croland’s new nonfiction history of Jews in punk culture, depicts a bearded Hasid with his eyes squeezed shut and… Read More

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The Yiddish Theater Star Who Disappeared Into an Anti-Stalinist Superhero

By On May 18, 2016

Paul Goldberg’s provocatively-titled novel The Yid (Picador) starts out with a middle-of-the-night visit from the Stalinist-era Soviet police to the Moscow home of Solomon Levinson, an elderly has-been actor of the Yiddish… Read More

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Let This Music Video Inspire Your Repentance

By On October 1, 2015

Jewish thought is full of paradoxes. A complicated philosophy is supposed to help us achieve simple faith. We want to get close to the Infinite, but we do it by following tons… Read More

When Jesus Said The Shema
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When Jesus Said The Shema

By On August 19, 2015

So you’ve heard of the Shema, right? The most important prayer in Judaism? Traditionally recited twice a day, upon waking and going to sleep? Today, when we say “the Shema,” we’re talking… Read More

Sammy Davis, Jr. Sings "Fiddler"
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Sammy Davis, Jr. Sings “Fiddler”

By On July 30, 2015

Sammy Davis, Jr., the singer, tap-dancer, and entertainer, converted to Judaism in 1961, at the age of 36. He was passionate about his adopted religion, and remained so his entire life. Nevertheless,… Read More

How to Prepare Your Mother's Body For Burial
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How to Prepare Your Mother’s Body for Burial

By On July 27, 2015

It’s said that the members of a hevra kaddisha, or a Jewish burial society, perform the “ultimate kindness” — that is, helping another person who’ll never be able to repay the favor.… Read More

Hunting Nazis on Noah’s Ark
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Hunting Nazis on Noah’s Ark

By On April 27, 2015

In 1992, the video game Wolfenstein 3-D was released. It was one of the first games where the TV screen showed the player’s first-person point of view. When your character moved through… Read More

The Grateful Dead, Now in Hebrew!
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The Grateful Dead — Now in Hebrew!

By On April 20, 2015

Sagol 59 is the godfather of Israeli hip-hop — it’s not exactly a widely-contested title, but man, he’s good. Sagol has made a career out of doing what you’d least expect him… Read More

The Gorgeous Newfangled Haggadah You Probably Want Right Now
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The Jaw-Droppingly Gorgeous Haggadah You Probably Want Right Now

By On March 17, 2015

Asufa is an Israeli design collective. Each year, they collect a rowdy cadre of over 40 Israeli artists and they release a Passover haggadah. Each artist is given a different part of… Read More

Nina Simone Sings Milk & Honey
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When Nina Simone Sang a Zionist Standard

By On February 19, 2015

All this week, Jewniverse is honoring Black History Month with some of our favorite stories from the archives. Few songs capture the feeling of a people in exile like “Eretz Zavat Halav.” Taken… Read More

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The Jewish Songwriter Behind Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit”

By On February 17, 2015

All this week, Jewniverse is honoring Black History Month with some of our favorite stories from the archives. The song “Strange Fruit,” one of the most haunting jazz ballads of the past century,… Read More

What Kind of Nice Jewish Boy Writes a Book About Santa Claus?
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What Kind of Nice Jewish Boy Writes a Book About Santa Claus?

By On December 25, 2014

One day, Eric Kaplan’s son’s playdate to the zoo was canceled by his friend’s mother. It was almost Christmas, and the mother, knowing that Kaplan’s son didn’t believe in Santa, didn’t want… Read More