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The Yiddish Tale Behind the Thanksgiving Turkey

By On November 23, 2016

Why do we eat turkey on Thanksgiving? There are lots of explanations, but socialist Jews have the best one. It appears in a 50-year-old Yiddish story, “Farvos est men indik tenksgiving” originally… Read More

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This Holocaust Jacket Sold for $2 at a Yard Sale

By On November 22, 2016

Two dollars won’t even get you a subway ride in NYC today. But for the family of Benzion Peresecki, it helped piece together an incredible story of survival from the Dachau concentration… Read More

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It Wasn’t Easy Being an Iberian Court Jew

By On November 21, 2016

Being a court Jew in 15th-century Iberia was a constant negotiation between prestige and death: If you were Isaac Abravanel, adviser to Portuguese King Alfonso and later the House of Castile, you… Read More

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Juicy Tales of Sex and Dating in Tel Aviv

By On November 18, 2016

D123: Such a shame. I thought we really clicked. JOAN OF ARC: I just wasn’t looking at my iPhone. I’m a bit drunk… D123: Want me to come over? So begins an… Read More

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Plant a Mini Noam Chomsky on Your Lawn!

By On November 17, 2016

This week, in an interview that’s gone viral, controversial Jewish linguist and historian Noam Chomsky calls the Republican Party “the most dangerous organization in world history” for “racing to the [climate] cliff.”… Read More

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A 16th-Century Spanish Jew Wrote This Memoir. Then He Was Burned at the Stake.

By On November 16, 2016

It hasn’t won any literary prizes or received an Oprah endorsement. But a brief autobiographical account by 16th-century Spanish-born Luis de Carvajal the Younger, bound together with other documents written in his… Read More

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London’s ‘Buttmitzvah’ Gives Us Something to Smile About

By On November 15, 2016

Whether or not you memorized your haftarah portion, you are cordially invited to raise a glass and dance a raucous horah at London’s first ever queer Jewish club night. The venue, lauded… Read More

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The Top 10 Surprisingly Kosher Animals—and Delicious Ways to Eat Them

By On November 11, 2016

 Whether it’s pot-zah ball soup or schnitzel tacos there’s a definite global hankering for new spins on Jewish classic recipes. For those who are intrigued by these new food trends, we’ve rounded up… Read More

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This Yiddish Version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” Will Move You to Tears

By On November 11, 2016

Yesterday, an already shaken world learned that our foundations had shifted even more than we knew. Legendary singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen died at age 82. Before the news even came out, a new,… Read More

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This 15-Year-Old Orthodox Girl Is a Champion Powerlifter

By On November 10, 2016

When one thinks of a competitive powerlifter, a pretty standard image comes to mind: an enormous man in tights bulging with muscle. Not quite a petite Orthodox girl too young to have… Read More

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How 19th-Century Jews Appealed to President Jefferson

By On November 10, 2016

Jews have a long history of making sure our heads of state hear from us. So if you’re planning on lobbying the President-elect, you could do worse than to model your conversation on a… Read More

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78 Years Ago, Kristallnacht Brought a Country to its Knees

By On November 9, 2016

Seventy-eight years ago, on the night of November 9, millions of citizens of one of the western world’s foremost democracies went to sleep believing that the dark forces of human nature would continue… Read More

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