The Jewish Moroccan Language That Should Be Extinct But Isn’t

February 13, 2015
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haketia

When an animal species is on the edge of extinction, there are plenty of ways to do your part (adopt an African rhino, anyone?). But what do we do when a language in in critical danger of becoming extinct? There are approximately 6,500 distinct languages spoken in the world. According…

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A New Film That Uncovers Hidden Drawings from Concentration Camps

February 12, 2015
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painter1

One of the most common drawings from a child (after stick figures) is a house with a chimney puffing curlicues of smoke. Because I Was A Painter features a lot of chimneys, but the smoke is heavy, and often drawn with dark scribbles or even faces melting into a mournful…

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A Chained Woman Navigates the Hell Out of Israeli Divorce Courts

February 11, 2015
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A Chained Woman Navigates the Hell Out of Israeli Divorce Courts

In Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz’s film Gett: The Trial of Viviane Ansalem, the heroine of the title finds herself imprisoned in a system that makes no sense: her marriage and the legal system meant to help her get out of it. In Israel, marriages are still governed by religious courts,…

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How the “Schindler of Iran” Saved Hundreds of Persian Jews

February 10, 2015
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sardari

A dispatch from the annals of forgotten righteous gentiles: Abdol Hossein-Sardari, the Iranian Consul in Nazi-occupied France, saved hundreds of Iranian Jews from certain death with a heroic ingenuity worthy of his nickname, “Schindler of Iran.” Sardari hosted banquets, winning the trust of certain Nazi officials who disagreed with Hitler’s…

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The Israeli Film That Adds a Dark Twist to a Coming-of-Age Tale

February 9, 2015
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princess

The dark coming-of-age feature film Princess follows a 12-year-old Israeli girl, Adar (Shira Haas), who is failing out of school and emotionally distant. Her overworked mother, Alma (Keren Mor), holds down double shifts as a nurse while supporting her boyfriend Michael (Ori Pfeffer), who stays home all day, painting watercolors…

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Jew Town, India’s Forgotten Jewish Haven

February 6, 2015
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Jew Town Road in Old Cochin, Kochi, India.

“Jew Town” may sound like a real estate agent’s neighborhood re-branding mistake, but it is–or was–a real place. In the Indian city of Kochi, it earned its clumsy but fitting nickname in the Middle Ages, when the Hindu Raja there offered Jews independent rule over a small area “for as…

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The Rising (Jewish) Star of Professional Boxing

February 5, 2015
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white-tiger

A muskeljude of the modern era, Dustin Fleischer wants to fight with the weight of history on his back—and in his fists. The “White Tiger”—so dubbed for his background in martial arts—is a rising star in the world of professional boxing. Fleischer recently signed with Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports…

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A 1980s Classic That Turns Jewish American Princesses into Paper Dolls

February 4, 2015
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paper-dolls1

The Official JAP Paper Doll Book is an artifact of bad taste and excellent value. Originally published in 1983, it is out of print but available via sellers like eBay; it boasts on its cover that its price is “$6.00 — but for you, $5.95.” That sets the tone for what…

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How Israeli Soldiers Predicted the Current Conflict, Nearly 50 Years Ago

February 3, 2015
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censored-voices-1

In June 1967, Egypt, Syria and Jordan attacked Israel on all sides. The young nation fought back and captured the Sinai Peninsula, West Bank, Gaza Strip and some of the Golan Heights. The soldiers were welcomed home as heroes. But when Amos Oz and Avraham Shapira traveled to kibbutzim and…

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“Hipster Hitler” Comedy Book: Too Soon? Always Too Soon?

February 2, 2015
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"Hipster Hitler" Comedy Book: Too Soon?

Jewish comedians from Mel Brooks to Sarah Silverman have turned the Third Reich into a punchline. Humor is tragedy plus time, Mark Twain famously quipped. But the Internet meme “Hipster Hitler” seems to have pushed the boundaries of taste too far for some people. The web comic, now available as…

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The Jewish Woman Who May Have Discovered DNA

January 30, 2015
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The Jewish Woman Who May Have Discovered DNA

Rosalind Franklin – the “Dark Lady of DNA,” as one of her biographers put it—has long been viewed as one of 20th-century science’s great underdogs. Her role in discovering DNA’s structure was downplayed, critics say, while her competitors James Watson and Francis Crick lapped up the world’s praise. But it’s far…

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Adopting a Child, and Letting Go of Expectations

January 29, 2015
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Adopting a Child, and Letting Go of Expectations

It’s not easy raising a child, but when Claude Knobler and his wife adopted Nati, a five-year-old Ethiopian boy, they faced some unique challenges. Knobler met Nati, whose parents were dying of AIDS, in an Addis Ababa orphanage. Already the parents of two children, it took the Knoblers several years…

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