Imagine: Israel Never Happened and the Jews All Live in Madagascar

May 10, 2016
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Imagine: Israel Never Happened and the Jews All Live in Madagascar

In one version of the alternate reality in which the Holocaust never happened and Israel was never established, there was the possibility of a very different outcome: the so-called African solution. In 1940, Adolf Eichmann presented a foreign policy strategy for ridding the Third Reich of Jews. Working with the French,…

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Bernie Finally Joins the Cast of Seinfeld

May 9, 2016
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Bernie Finally Joins the Cast of Seinfeld

Bernie Sanders may not be leading in the polls, but he’s become an Internet phenomenon no other candidate can match. The 74-year-old Jew from Brooklyn has inspired tens of thousands of so-called “dank memes,” the latest of which has him hanging around with the Seinfeld crew way uptown from his…

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Yitzhak Rabin Narrates His New Biopic From The Grave

May 6, 2016
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Being Dead Hasn't Stopped Rabin From Narrating His New Biopic

“I think you could say I’m an introverted person. I don’t know if I’m friendly or unfriendly.” These words, spoken by an uncharacteristically confessional Yitzhak Rabin, mark the start of Israeli Director Erez Laufer’s 2015 documentary Rabin in His Own Words, released on the 20th anniversary of the prime minister’s…

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A New Film About Writer Nora Ephron’s Life, Lovingly Made by Her Son

May 5, 2016
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When the acerbic, brilliant Jewish essayist, novelist, screenwriter, and director Nora Ephron (When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle) was a child, her mother used to tell her, “Everything is copy.” What she meant was: When you slip on a banana peel, people laugh at you. But when you tell…

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The Surprising WWI History of Israel’s Holocaust Memorial Day Air-Raid Siren

May 4, 2016
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The Surprising WWI History of Israel's Holocaust Memorial Day Air-Raid Siren

You probably know about the striking way Israelis mark Holocaust Remembrance Day and Memorial Day: The country comes to a standstill while air-raid sirens blare overhead. But how did this custom begin? You might be surprised to learn that it actually dates back to 1918 South Africa, when the mayor…

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Where Drug Lords Once Reigned, Colombian Jewish Converts Now Pray

May 3, 2016
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Where Drug Lords Once Reigned, Colombian Jewish Converts Now Pray

Bello, the Medellín, Colombia suburb largely known for drugs and gang violence, is an unlikely destination for Israeli backpackers, foreign rabbis, and Jewish tourists. But thanks to a former pastor named Juan Carlos Villegas, Bello is now home to a burgeoning, passionate community of Orthodox Jewish converts. As brought to…

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Watch Madoff’s Hadassah-Lady Lover in the ABC Miniseries

May 2, 2016
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Madoff, ABC’s 2016 Bernie Madoff miniseries didn’t shy away from one of the cringe-worthiest parts of Madoff’s malevolence: his sordid affair with a Hadassah lady. Sheryl Weinstein was the CFO for the Zionist women’s group, and per her 2009 memoir, Madoff’s Other Secret: Love, Money, Bernie and Me, she was…

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Was Shakespeare Actually This Jewish Woman?

May 2, 2016
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Was Shakespeare Actually This Jewish Woman?

There have been lots of claims over the years that Shakespeare had a ghostwriter. But the suggested writer has never been a Jewish woman—until now. John Hudson – renowned Shakespeare scholar, teacher at H. B. Studios, and director at New York City’s innovative theater troupe, the Dark Lady Players –…

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London’s Challah Has a New, Elevating Secret Ingredient

April 28, 2016
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Grandpa’s challah has a new skunky smell, and the lines outside his London bakery door are full of giggling Jews. The secret to his success? There’s something in the dough. Dough is a quirky new comedy by John Goldschmidt, released by Menemsha Films. It’s silly, sweet, and invites reflections on…

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Move Over, Cairo. The Afghan Geniza Will Blow Your Mind.

April 27, 2016
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First there was the discovery of the Cairo Geniza. And now there’s this. In 2011, a report by Israel’s Channel 2 News told of how foxes scratching in the dirt somewhere in the Afghan province of Samangan revealed a hidden cave. Inside the cave, local villagers found Jewish documents nearly…

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The Most Jewish Goyish Choir Leader in Europe

April 26, 2016
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The Most Jewish Goyish Choir Leader in Europe

Dr. Tomáš Novotný isn’t Jewish, but you wouldn’t know it from looking at his CV. Novotný, a professor of comparative religion, Judaism, and Hebrew at Ostrava University in the Czech Republic, leads as culturally Jewish of a life as you can get. After studying Torah in Prague, he eventually fell…

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The Jewish Ghosts of Africa’s Cape Verde Islands

April 25, 2016
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The Jewish Ghosts of Africa's Cape Verde Islands

Geography pop quiz: Can you find Cape Verde on a map? If you can’t, don’t beat yourself up–this small group of islands off the west coast of Africa, near Senegal, is not often in the news. But Cape Verde, a former Portuguese colony, is one of the most stable countries…

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