Nazi Leaders’ Underwear and Socks Just Sold to the Highest Bidder

July 6, 2016
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Nazi Leader's Silk Underwear Just Sold to the Highest Bidder

Is it your lifelong dream to own a pair of underwear worn by Nazi leader, Luftwaffe commander, and Reichstag President Hermann Goering? If so, we have bad news: you just missed the auction. Sadly for you, the underwear—along with a pair of Hitler’s socks, dresses owned by longtime companion Eva…

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Gore and Beauty in the Religious Crisis of a Jerusalem Yeshiva Boy

July 5, 2016
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Trigger warning: there is a lot of gore and beauty in this film. In an early scene of the Israeli feature film Tikkun, our protagonist Haim-Aaron slices his hand and faints from hunger. His friend, a fellow Jerusalem yeshiva student, tries to get him to drink some water but he…

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A New Really Tacky Half-Animated Hitler Mockumentary!

July 4, 2016
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A New Really Tacky Half-Animated Hitler Mockumentary!

Cult animator Bill Plympton’s new film, the mockumentary Hitler’s Folly, was recently released on his website for free. But when you consider that time is money, well…this film is expensive. Plympton, beloved for over 40 animated shorts, six features, a comic book, and even a Simpsons couch cag, has made enough…

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These Three Eagles Left Israel to Find Love in Europe

July 4, 2016
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These Three Eagles Left Israel to Go Date in Europe

  The North American Bald Eagle is getting a lot of attention today. But a different kind of eagle made headlines in Israel a few months ago, and today we pay homage to its unusual international rescue and celebrity. Over a decade ago, two rare eastern imperial eagles and one…

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The 81-Year-Old Jewish Kid From L.A. Whose Mariachi Band Once Topped the Charts

June 30, 2016
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The 81-Year-Old Jewish Kid From L.A. Whose Mariachi Band Topped the Charts

In the 1960s, there was no escaping the mellifluous sounds of Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. The band’s Whipped Cream & Other Delights (and its infamous image of a cream-covered model) shared chart-topping status with The Beatles and Elvis. But that unique blend of mariachi, lounge and smooth jazz…

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Meet London’s Jewish Teenage Comic Genius, Famous Since Age 8

June 29, 2016
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Meet London's Jewish Teenager Comic Genius, Scribbling Since Age 8

When most 8-year-olds sit down with paper and pens, there’s lots of stick figures, basic representations of houses and trees–you remember. But when Zoom (yes, Zoom) Rockman sat down at age 8, he produced an award-winning comic strip that was soon picked up by readers all over the globe. Rockman…

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Spielberg’s Upcoming Film is on this Jewish 6-Year-Old Kidnapped by the Church and Raised by the Pope

June 28, 2016
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Spielberg's Next Film is on this 6-Year-Old Kidnapped by the Church and Raised by the Pope

One day in June of 1858, a policeman arrived at the home of Momolo and Marianna Mortara in Bologna, Italy, to take away their six-year-old son, Edgardo. The Mortaras were Jewish, but years before their Catholic maid had secretly baptized Edgardo when he was very sick, and she thought he…

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The Nazi-Defying Grandfather of Actress Helena Bonham Carter

June 27, 2016
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The Nazi-Defying Grandfather of Actress Helena Bonham Carter

The award-winning English film and television actress Helena Bonham Carter probably could have gone on to a career in diplomacy had acting not so caught her fancy. She certainly had the family legacy: Her grandfather was Eduardo Propper de Callejon, the Spanish diplomat responsible for saving the lives of thousands…

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Why 100 NY Jews Brought Goats to This Moroccan Village

June 27, 2016
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They were quite a sight: 100 Jewish men from Monsey, New York, respectfully clad in traditional Arab clothing, arriving, after 25 miles of traversing tough climes, at a small Berber village 400 miles south of Rabat, Morocco. Last month, Rabbi Aaron Lankry of Monsey led this group on a pilgrimage…

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A New Novel about American Jewish Life During the Shoah

June 23, 2016
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the houseguest

Kim Brooks’ debut novel The Houseguest (Counterpoint Press, 2016), offers a refreshing perspective on an often overlooked facet of Holocaust: that of the American Jew. The story begins with the arson of a synagogue in Upper Manhattan during the spring of 1941, a (fictional) tragedy that highlights—and provokes—the struggles of…

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The Radical Israeli Activists Who Golda Meir Famously Called “Not Nice”

June 22, 2016
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The Radical Israeli Activists Who Golda Meir Famously Called "Not Nice"

The Black Lives Matters movement has rich precedents not just in the American Black Panthers movement of the 1960s and 1970s, but in an Israeli activist group of the same name. Back in 1971 a group of Mizrahi young people gathered in the Musrara neighborhood of Jerusalem. Fed up with…

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Watch This Tearjerker Commencement Address by a Jewish Legal Superstar

June 21, 2016
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Each year, commencement speakers have the challenge of blending the inspirational with the wry, the pragmatic with the idealistic. But sometimes, a personal history fits the bill. Rosalie Abella, the first Jewish woman to sit on the Canadian Supreme Court, addressed Yale Law School graduates last month while receiving an…

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