Why These Israeli Twins Are Drawing Htoo Warmongering Twins

August 12, 2015
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The plot of The Divine—a new graphic novel from the comic virtuosos behind Waltz with Bashir—goes something like this: Mark, a war veteran, accepts a promising yet sketchy military contract for mining operations in a South-East Asian country called Quanlom. But what he finds there is a bit strange: a…

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The Jewish Visionary Behind a Southern Black School Movement

August 11, 2015
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The Jewish Visionary Behind Revolutionary Rural Black Schools

Julius Rosenwald might be the biggest American Jewish philanthropist you’ve never heard of. Aviva Kempner’s new sweeping documentary, Rosenwald, shines a light on his rags-to-riches tale: after going from Chicago textile merchant to chief of Sears, Roebuck & Company, he began to embody his own philosophy of “give while you…

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The Incredible, Edible 7-Hour Sephardic Egg

August 10, 2015
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The Incredible, Edible 7-Hour Sephardic Egg

Despite the proliferation of hard-boiled egg methods, the essentials are all pretty much the same: place eggs in a saucepan, cover them with cool water, bring to a boil, cover and remove from heat. In 9-12 minutes, the eggs are ready to peel and eat. But what if instead, you…

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This Nazi-Jewish Romance Novel is Horrifying

August 7, 2015
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There’s a new romance novel hot off the presses, and it’s pretty disturbing. For Such A Time, published by Bethany House, a Christian publisher, and written by writer Kate Breslin, is a reimagining of the Book of Esther. Sounds great, right? Sure—except the novel takes place in Theresienstadt and is…

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Berlin Just Hosted the Biggest Shabbat Meal Ever

August 7, 2015
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How Berlin Came to Host the Biggest Shabbat Ever

The logistics of a big Shabbat meal can be a bit daunting—especially so when over 2,000 Jewish men and women attend. On a recent evening in Berlin, exactly 2,322 Jews converged for what is now, officially, the world’s largest Shabbat meal of all time. So speaks the holy scripture of…

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How Jews Changed Italian Cooking Forever

August 5, 2015
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How Jews Changed Italian Cooking Forever

While living in Spain, this writer presented her Spanish hosts with a cookbook illustrating the Jewish and Arab roots of Andalusian cooking. Particularly in Spain, land of jamón, it can be hard to imagine a flurry of Semitic chefs, but across Western Europe Jews have often influenced the cooking of…

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A Rabbi (and Movie) for All Your Sexual Hangups

August 4, 2015
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A Rabbi (and Movie) for All Your Sexual Hangups

“You think a rabbi could teach you anything about sex?” asks director Ricardo Adler. It’s a fair question. Adler has made a spiritual and sensuous documentary called The Lost Key that explores this provocative topic. He came to this project from a very personal need. He went through a traumatic…

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The Surprising Jewish History of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

August 3, 2015
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The Surprising Jewish History of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

Jews from Denmark first arrived on the white beaches of what is now St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands—a tiny speck off the coast of Puerto Rico—in the mid-17th century. These were descendants of a Jewish population that had fled Spain for other parts of Europe during the Inquisition. St. Thomas…

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If “The Wire” Were Israeli, It Would Be This Show

July 31, 2015
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If "The Wire" Were Israeli, It Would Be This Show

Fauda, a new thriller on Israeli TV, is being likened to American crime drama “The Wire,” and not just for its frequent shoot-outs and edge-of-your-seat pacing; like its American cousin, the show is enjoying critical acclaim, and a broad, faithful fan-base. Created by Israeli journalist Avi Issacharoff and writer, actor,…

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How Bulgaria Stood Up to the Nazis and Saved Its Jews

July 31, 2015
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How Bulgaria Stood Up to the Nazis and Saved Its Jews

Correction: This Jewniverse recently appeared with a line implying heroism on the part of Tsar Boris. In actuality, Bulgaria’s Jews were saved despite Boris’ role as Tsar, not because of it. On the eve of the Holocaust the Jewish population of Bulgaria was 48,000. At the end: 48,000. This isn’t…

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Sammy Davis, Jr. Sings “Fiddler”

July 30, 2015
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Sammy Davis, Jr. Sings "Fiddler"

Sammy Davis, Jr., the singer, tap-dancer, and entertainer, converted to Judaism in 1961, at the age of 36. He was passionate about his adopted religion, and remained so his entire life. Nevertheless, he always had a sense of humor about his conversion, too. While hosting the Academy Awards in 1971,…

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The Jewish Boy Who Shot the German Diplomat

July 28, 2015
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The Jewish Boy Who Shot the German Diplomat

Herschel Grynszpan was­­­n’t yet eighteen when, on November 7, 1938, he took 300 francs from his impoverished uncle, bought a revolver, marched into the German embassy in Paris, and shot German diplomat Ernst vom Rath five times in the abdomen. But this was no random act of violence. Grynszpan, shy…

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