Finally! Seinfeld in Yiddish.

October 6, 2014
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Finally! Seinfeld in Yiddish.

The trademark bass-slapping is at first replaced with the opening bars of “Sunrise, Sunset” from Fiddler on the Roof, but otherwise it looks like any other Seinfeld re-run – until Jerry and Elaine open their mouths and are suddenly fluent Yiddish speakers. A Vimeo user who goes by the handle “A Mishel” has dubbed and…

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When the Hearthrob of the Yiddish Cinema Led Kol Nidre

October 3, 2014
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When the Hearthrob of the Yiddish Cinema Sang Kol Nidre

If Kol Nidre has never made you shiver with emotion, then you must see the 1940 acclaimed Yiddish film Overture to Glory. Made in New York, the film offers a glimpse at a world—and an art form—that peaked just before its own destruction. With music written by the great Yiddish theater conductor Alexander Olshanetsky and starring Moishe…

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The Refugees’ Japanese Savior

October 2, 2014
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The Refugees' Japanese Savior

With the Soviet Occupation of Lithuania in full swing and the encroachment of Nazism around the corner, Jewish Polish refugees and Lithuanians were desperate for a way out. Introducing Chiune Sugihara, Vice-Consul for the Empire of Japan in Kaunas, Lithuania, and all around exceptional human being. After the Japanese government denied repeated requests…

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The Crazy New App For Using Your iPhone on Shabbos

October 1, 2014
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The Crazy New App for Using Your iPhone on Shabbos

  Shabbos and technology: two great tastes that taste great together? The makers of the new Shabbos App, available in February from the iTunes Store and Google Play, want to convince you that, though it may seem counterintuitive, their spirituality-practicality hack will allow you to keep the Sabbath better from the comfort of…

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Celebrating Hanukkah, USPS-Style

September 30, 2014
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The First Jewish Postage Stamp

You’ve recited selichot. You’ve blown the shofar. You’re doing your teshuvah. All that’s left is to get your final Jewish New Year card into the mail before you have to repent for missing the season. But which stamps should you use? The history of the United States postage stamp is surprisingly short, and the history of the…

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Fashion Tips From NYC’s Most Stylin’ Bubbes

September 29, 2014
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Fashion Tips From NYC's Most Stylin' Bubbes

Is your bubbe your style inspiration? If you just got a mental image of women in tracksuits, or frumpy dresses, you’re probably not alone. But Ari Seth Cohen sees things differently. Cohen, 32, who describes himself on his Twitter profile as a “lover of all things vintage and all around good guy,”…

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The Other Persian Jews

September 24, 2014
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The Other Persian Jews

Make plov, a delicious Bukharan dish, for Rosh Hashanah! If you’re not from the region and you’re not a Near East cultural scholar, chances are that when you think about Persian Jews, you either go all the way back to the Book of Esther, or you think about the Jews of Tehran…

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Two Young Jews and Their YidLife Crisis

September 23, 2014
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Two Young Montrealers and Their YidLife Crisis

YidLife Crisis, a new web series, begins with not-your-average MPAA warning: “The following contains references to adult situations and coarse language. In Yiddish.” Adult situations may include: eating treyf in the form of Montrealish poutine; eating said poutine on Yom Kippur. Created by Jamie Elman and Eli Batalion, the first five-minute episode of YidLife Crisis has all…

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The 20th-Century Judge Judy of the Yiddish Radio

September 19, 2014
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The 20th-Century Judge Judy of the Yiddish Radio

Between the late 1930s and 1956, if you were a Jewish immigrant on the Lower East Side and had a problem with your mother-in-law, your kosher meat, or your mattress, there was no need to keep your grievances to yourself. Thanks to Rabbi Shmuel Aaron Rubin’s Jewish-American Board of Peace and Justice, you could…

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The Latest From Our Favorite 11-Piece Afrobeat Jewish Avant-Garde Jazz Band

September 18, 2014
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Where Afrobeat Meets Jewish Music Meetz Jazz

Zion80 is a big band with a big sound—a full horn section alongside multiple percussionists, keyboards, and guitars. They’re a combination of Jewish music, Afrobeat, and avant-garde jazz—late last year, during their residency at a jazz club in the Lower East Side, the band had sixteen players, plus a surprise guest sitting in. Their first…

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When Donald Duck Was Captured by Nazis

September 17, 2014
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When Donald Duck Was Captured by Nazis

Poor Donald Duck. He was just trying to get some shut-eye when a marching band featuring some of our favorite Axis leaders—Goebbels, Himmler, Mussolini—prods him out of bed with a bayonet at four in the morning. So begins Der Fuehrer’s Face, a surrealist 1942 American propaganda film created by Walt Disney…

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Israel to Jews: This is Where the AEPi Party Never Ends

September 16, 2014
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Israel to Jews: This is Where the AEPi Party Never Ends

“Bible games! Fruit juice! Put those years of Hebrew school to use!” chants an exuberant new YouTube short. It aims to convince young, pasty-skinned, dissatisfied American Jewish dudes, through bright colors, tongue-in-cheek humor, rhyming dialogue, and pictures of hot ladies in bikinis, to forego their pre-ordained, suburban lives and make aliyah, because Israel is…

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