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Holocaust Survivor Portraits and Notes in an Emotional Photo Book

By On April 21, 2017

A handsome older gentleman stands softly illuminated by the rain-splattered window behind him, a small, satisfied smile gently curling his lips. The sentence “My name is Izrael Nathan Melamed, not Adam Adams”… Read More

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Why Non-Jewish Nurses Studied Yiddish in 1930s Detroit

By On April 19, 2017

No one blinks an eye at an American studying French, or a Frenchman studying Spanish. Non-Jews studying Yiddish, on the other hand, have always attracted a lot of attention. Maybe it has… Read More

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Steve Buscemi Plays Richard Gere’s Rabbi In This New Film

By On April 18, 2017

One day, a Jewish American fixer named Norman Oppenheimer and played, oddly enough, by Richard Gere, buys a jaded Israeli politician named Micha Eshel a pair of $1000 shoes after seeing him speak at… Read More

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The Simpsons Lead Us in Counting the (H)Omer

By On April 17, 2017

Shaky blue clouds streak over a pastel blue sky. Wobbly yellow letters appear. Why, it’s the opening moments of The Simpsons! And that’s Bart writing on the school blackboard! But then things… Read More

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Maimonides on Dieting: Matzah Sucks, and Bread’s Bad, Too

By On April 14, 2017

Moses Maimonides aka Rambam (1135-1204) was a full-time physician, philosopher, and Rabbinic commentator. So how did he have time to eat healthfully instead of just grabbing some ramen on the go? A… Read More

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Watch Robert Duvall As an Anti-Semitic Sociopath

By On April 13, 2017

In 1960, two years before he played the reclusive hero Boo Radley in the film version of To Kill a Mockingbird, Robert Duvall played an anti-Semitic sociopath in a quickly forgotten film called Destiny’s… Read More

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This Jewish Scientist Discovered The Magic of THC

By On April 12, 2017

In the early 1960s, a Bulgarian-born scientist named Raphael Mechoulam was caught carrying five kilograms of, as he called it, “superb, smuggled Lebanese hashish” on a bus from Tel Aviv to Rehovot. But… Read More

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‘Had Gadya’ Viral Video Inspiration for Your Seder

By On April 10, 2017

The Passover song about all the awe-inspiring and dreadful things that happen after a man sells a goat for “two zuzim” is generally sung by very sleepy children, in a sonorous tune that reminds… Read More

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Put a Sparkly Easter Egg on Your Seder Plate, PETA Says

By On April 7, 2017

Stand-up comedian Carol Leifer, one of the great writers behind Seinfeld and SNL, has come out from behind the camera with a PETA video for Jewish vegans. The group that notoriously offended… Read More

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An Irreverent Haggadah to Hide Under the Seder Table

By On April 6, 2017

Imagine your most irreverent friend – the one who maybe eats a BLT on matzoh during Pesach, because “at least it’s not bread.” Yeah, what if you let him lead the seder… Read More

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The Ancient Babylonian History of Haroset

By On April 6, 2017

The haroset most American Jews eat at the Passover seder to symbolize the mortar used by Hebrew slaves contains apples, walnuts and Manischewitz. But the delicious chunky mixture originated in ancient Babylonia,… Read More

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India’s ‘Lost Jewish Tribe’ Bakes Passover Matzah

By On April 5, 2017

India’s Jewish community is dwindling, but as long as they’re there, they’re coming together to prepare for Passover in the way Jews around the world have for millennia: by baking the bread… Read More