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These Brit-Rock Maccabees Are Not What You’d Expect

By On December 30, 2016

Don’t confuse The Maccabees with The Maccabeats. The latter is a popular Jewish a capella group based at Yeshiva University. The former was a popular British rock band that played at some… Read More

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The Shocking, Not-So-Oily History of the Latke

By On December 29, 2016

If for the past week, you’ve forked up a pile of potato latkes fried in olive oil, thinking you’re channeling the persistence of your Hasmonean ancestors, think again. Far from being canonical,… Read More

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‘Die Hard’ is the Ultimate Hanukkah Movie

By On December 27, 2016

Think Die Hard is a Christmas movie? Well, Yippee CHAI Yay, Menorah-lovers! The 1988 Bruce Willis flick is actually perfect for Hanukkah! Here are 8 reasons why: 1) ’Tis the Season:  Die Hard takes place on Christmas… Read More

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The Curious Hanukkah Tradition of Removing One Candle a Night

By On December 26, 2016

If you’ve been lighting the menorah this Hanukkah, you’ve likely asked wondered: Do we light the candles right to left or left to right? That’s because you, dear reader, follow Hillel’s ancient… Read More

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Delicious Hanukkah Treats from Middle Eastern Jews

By On December 25, 2016

  There’s a lot to be learned from Mizrahi Jewish teachings, but on this holiday, we’re focusing on their kitchens. Jews who lived for centuries in Arab countries have developed customs and cuisines all their… Read More

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These Israeli Dogs are the Canines of the Book

By On December 23, 2016

Like most things in the Middle East, Israel’s national dog breed—the Canaan dog—has been around for a very, very long time. Adorably occupying an ecological niche based on waste from humans, these… Read More

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The Schlep Sisters & Their Sexy Hanukkah Burlesque

By On December 22, 2016

There’s a good reason why Christmas Eve coincides with the first night of Hanukkah this year. Because if he wasn’t otherwise occupied, Santa might show up in tassels and heels at this… Read More

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If You Blow-Dry Your Hair, You Have This Jewish Woman to Thank

By On December 22, 2016

If you’ve ever wondered why hood dryers—those domed head prisons so ubiquitous in women’s hairdresser shops throughout much of the ’50s and ’60s—aren’t so common anymore, you can look to Rose Evansky,… Read More

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This Syrian Jewish Cookbook Shows Life After Exile

By On December 20, 2016

In the last hundred years, as Syria has become less friendly to Jews, a trickle of emigration turned into a stream, and ended last year when the final Syrian Jews were smuggled… Read More

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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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