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The Jewish Starlets of India’s “Bollywood” Cinema

By On December 19, 2016

The Jewesses of Bollywood were small but mighty. Bollywood – a term often used to describe India’s film industry – produces a thousand films annually that are viewed by 3 billion people… 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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The Jewish Superstition That Let Polish Boys Spit At Each Other

By On December 15, 2016

In ancient times, superstition, like sorcery or witchcraft, reeked of paganism, and as such it was a big no-no for the Jews. But since Jews are human, we couldn’t let this funky customs… Read More

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Torah Pirates Hijack New York’s Classical Radio Station

By On December 14, 2016

If you live in South Brooklyn and recently tuned in to WQXR (105.9 FM) to hear some soothing classical music, you may have been surprised to hear instead a man preaching the… Read More

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How Hank Greenberg Desegregated Baseball

By On December 13, 2016

In 1954, one year before the debut of Sandy Koufax, Hank Greenberg was the General Manager of the Cleveland Indians. Under Bronx-born Greenberg, the Indians had more black ballplayers than any other… 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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A Delicious Jewish Cookbook From Mandy Patinkin’s Mom

By On December 9, 2016

How fascinating can gefilte fish recipes be? Well, what if it’s Grandma Celia’s gefilte fish recipe and it calls for a yahrzeit glass as a measuring cup? And what if the young man… Read More

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The Strange Case of the Missing Nazi Home Movies

By On December 8, 2016

  Here’s something you don’t read every day: Eva Braun made 16mm home movies of Adolf Hitler and other high-ranking SS soldiers. The films were used as propaganda, showing the Nazi officials goofing… Read More

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Jean-Paul Sartre & Simone de Beauvoir Loved the Jews

By On December 7, 2016

Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir weren’t just the reigning power couple of existentialist philosophers—they were also dedicated activists, railing against the Vietnam War, abuses in the Soviet Union, and, perhaps surprisingly,… Read More

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Anti-Trump Comics From the Spiegelman Family

By On December 6, 2016

Some of those distressed by the election of Donald Trump have rallied and protested. Others have turned to art. The New Yorker’s art director Francoise Mouly and writer Nadja Spiegelman — the… Read More

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Marking the Ghosts in Poland’s Old Jewish Cemeteries

By On December 5, 2016

How do you alert people to an absence? Across Poland, different communities come together to clean up and restore Jewish cemeteries. But in some places, those cemeteries have been not just neglected,… Read More

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The Shema Prayer Just Debuted in the Fighting Ring

By On December 2, 2016

For the first time ever, Mixed Martial Arts, the full-contact sport that consists of people beating the hell out of each other, just held their World Championship in Israel. To mark his win, MMA… Read More

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