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A Jewish Cult Poet and His Famous Anti-Semitic Friend

By On May 17, 2017

If you’re familiar with Ezra Pound, the king of modernist poetry, then you’re probably aware of his notorious anti-Semitism. What you might not know is that a Jewish Marxist poet with a… Read More

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When The Philippines’ First Synagogue Burned to the Ground

By On May 15, 2017

The Philippines’ first synagogue had bad timing. Jews had arrived in the Philippines after the Spanish Inquisition, but after World War I a new influx of Russian Jews arrived, and decided it was… Read More

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This Viennese Writer Ran from Nazis to the Brazilian Jungle

By On May 15, 2017

The Viennese Jewish writer Stefan Zweig wrote about what you might expect a friend of Freud, Herzl, and Richard Strauss to write about: psychoanalysis, Judaism, rage, guilt, and sex. Zweig, who was born… Read More

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Gimmel, the Finnish Girl Band With a Hebrew Name

By On May 12, 2017

Most Jews know gimmel as the best Hebrew letter on a dreidel — you know, the one that gives the lucky spinner the entire pot of chocolate gelt. But all Hebrew letters… Read More

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America’s Favorite Toy Was Created to Forge Middle East Peace

By On May 11, 2017

If you’ve spent any time with America’s children lately, you know about the “fidget spinner” craze. What might surprise you is that these spinning doodads were created by an American mom after a… Read More

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The Forgotten Yemenite Jewish Exile of 1679

By On May 11, 2017

There were about 55,000 Jews living in Yemen in 1948. Today, there are 50. Though the most notorious calamity in Yemenite Jewish history were the riots following the declaration of the state of… Read More

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Hip, Strange Yiddish Music Videos Straight Outta Germany

By On May 9, 2017

“Everything has an end–only the sausage has two.” It’s not the only German idiom involving sausage (there are many), but so far as we know it is the only one to first… Read More

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Your Bubbe Might Have Studied at These Yiddish Schools

By On May 8, 2017

In 1930s NYC, a young Jewish boy becomes a shoe-shiner and joins a street gang when his father loses his job. Through his various misadventures, he learns that the gang’s life of… Read More

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Nudie Cohn, Glittery Jewish Tailor to Elvis and the Grand Ole Opry

By On May 4, 2017

Something interesting started happening, fashion-wise, among America’s country music stars of the ‘60s and ‘70s. It seemed anyone who took the stage at the Grand Ole Opry—from Hank Williams to Gram Parsons—was… Read More

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Amsterdam’s Jaw-Dropping 17th-Century Jewish Library

By On May 3, 2017

In 1639, Sephardic Jews in Amsterdam—many of whom had fled religious oppression in their home countries of Spain and Portugal—founded a school and meeting place that was a testament to their newfound… Read More

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Meet the Jewish Power Couple Behind Hollywood’s Iconic Films

By On May 3, 2017

It’s not often you get to see footage of the great Mel Brooks testifying that someone else “made him look like a great filmmaker.” Or countless producers, directors and film critics calling… Read More

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Lane Bryant Was a Jewish Orphan From Lithuania Before She Became a Household Name

By On May 2, 2017

In 1897, a 16-year-old Jewish orphan from Lithuania named Lena Himmelstein arrived in New York City and found work in a sweatshop for $1 a week. After her first husband, David Bryant, died at… Read More