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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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These Young Sibs Resisted Hitler and Paid With Their Heads. Literally.

By On June 19, 2017

Exhausted from calling your representatives? Looking for new activist role models? Look no further than Hans and Sophie Scholl, the German teenagers who went from being part of Hitler Youth to leading… 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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A New Israeli Film Explores the Afterlife of Holocaust Family Trauma

By On June 9, 2017

With the 50th anniversary of Israel’s Six-Day War upon us, that historical moment is getting a lot of attention. A critically acclaimed new Israeli film takes place against the backdrop of an… Read More

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This Artist’s Chewing Gum Genitalia Was an Homage to the Holocaust

By On June 8, 2017

Vulvas fashioned out of chewing gum, ceramic vaginas, her own naked body – such were the materials of the first feminist artist to use vaginal imagery in her work—who happened to be… Read More

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Ultra Orthodox Fashion Choices, Decoded by a Hipster!

By On June 7, 2017

If you think all ultra-Orthodox Jews dress alike, you’ve got to see the recent video of Elimelekh “Melech” Zilbershlag, whose unlikely internet celebrity is built on decoding the signs of Haredi belonging. Melech’s… 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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‘Jew With Beans’ Is This European Country’s National Dish

By On June 2, 2017

When in Luxembourg, do as the Luxembourgers do and order a plate of — wait for it — “Judd mat Gaardebounen,” literally “Jew with Beans.” You’ll get smoked pork collar with broad… Read More

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This 1915 KKK-Loving Film Built a Jewish Movie Empire

By On May 30, 2017

You might not think you’ve heard of the Russian-born Jewish motion picture magnate Louis B. Mayer, but if you’ve heard of MGM Studios you have. Mayer, the second ‘M’ in MGM, made… Read More

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Dazzling Animated Art For the Holiday of Shavuot

By On May 30, 2017

This evening, May 30th, is the end of the Omer, the 50 days Jews tick off from Passover, which marks the Israelites’s exodus from Egypt, to Shavuot, when they received the Torah. Back in the… 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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The Jewish Woman Behind Celebrity American Dolls

By On May 24, 2017

These days, the true test of a celebrity’s, well, celebrity, rests with hosting an episode of Saturday Night Live or perhaps in coming out with a signature athleisure line (here’s looking at you, Beyoncé).… Read More