The German Teens Who Sang and Danced Their Nazi Resistance

June 14, 2016
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edelweiss

In a time of rising authoritarianism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and fear, a group of young people insisting on their freedoms expressed themselves through dance. Donning checkered shirts, shorts and stockings, and signature edelweiss floral badges, this group of teenagers in Nazi Germany called themselves the Edelweiss Pirates. They first organized in…

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“Hamilton” Fans Have This Jewish Biographer To Thank

June 13, 2016
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"Hamilton" Fans Have This Jewish Biographer To Thank

Before getting jealous that you have to wait till 2018 for your chance to see “Hamilton” while a fellow named Ron Chernow has seen the Tony-sweeping Broadway musical about 40 times, note that actually, we have him to thank for it. Back in 1998, Chernow wrote the Alexander Hamilton biography…

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Animated Art to Complete the Countdown to Shavuot

June 9, 2016
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omer

Friday night, June 10th marks the final day of the Omer, the 50 days Jews tick off from Passover (the Exodus) to Shavuot (receiving the Torah).   Back in the day, the counting was done with measures of barley (“omer” means “sheaf of barley”) Today, we count each day with…

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How Online (((Jews))) are Standing Up to Bigotry With Parentheses

June 8, 2016
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How Online (((Jews))) are Standing Up to Bigotry With Parentheses

Perhaps you’ve noticed something strange sprout up on social media lately: a set of parentheses surrounding all things (((Jewish))), including the names of Jews themselves. Dubbed the echo, this designation emerged in 2014 from The Daily Shoah, a podcast brimming with racist diatribes, Holocaust denial, antisemitism, and misogyny. Lately, however,…

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How Game of Thrones Author George R. R. Martin Imagined a Future Jerusalem

June 7, 2016
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How Lord of the Rings Author George R. R. Martin Imagined a Future Jerusalem

Imagine Israel has been split into two states, and Israelis and Palestinians share Jerusalem, which is jointly governed by Israel, Jordan, Palestine, and Great Britain. This is the setup of “The Journal of Xavier Desmond,” the obscure 1988 short story written by George R. R. Martin long before he achieved…

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They Made A Paper Doll Outta Grandpa Bernie

June 7, 2016
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Things are not looking good for Bernie Sanders right now, but that doesn’t mean we’re giving up our commemorative Bernie swag. In particular, we’ll be hanging onto Dover Publications’ set of paper dolls immortalizing the campaign of your favorite Jewish senator from Vermont. You can suit up the two-dimensional Sanders…

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Muhammad Ali’s Little-Known Jewish Side

June 5, 2016
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Muhammad Ali's Little-Known Jewish Past

It’s become something of a cliche for the Jewish press, upon hearing of a cultural icon’s death, to explore his or her “Jewish side.” But in the case of Muhammad Ali, it’s hard to ignore: this is, after all, the Baptist-turned-Muslim fighter whose grandson had a bar mitzvah. Like many…

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The Jew Who Made England a Paradise for Walking

June 2, 2016
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The Jew Who Made England a Paradise for Walking

Benny Rothman could climb any mountain. And he risked his life fighting for our rights to do the same. Rothman was born to a poor British family in 1911 and became an avid outdoorsman at a time when only a tiny fraction of the British countryside was open to the…

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Meet The Wonderful Old Men of The Holocaust Survivor Band

June 1, 2016
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The Holocaust Survivor Band

Take two Holocaust survivors, Saul Dreier, 91, and Reuwen “Ruby” Sosnowicz, 88. Add Ruby’s daughter, vocalist Chana Rose, and other guest vocalists and musicians, and together you get the Holocaust Survivor Band, a unique outfit that’s telling the world through their Yiddish and Hebrew tunes that they beat Hitler — and…

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A Blog That Mixes the Perfect Drink for Every Torah Portion

May 31, 2016
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A Blog That Mixes the Perfect Drink for Every Torah Portion

Have you ever been reading the weekly Torah portion and thought to yourself, “I could really use a drink”? If you know that feeling, we have just the blog for you: Tippling Through the Torah, a mixology blog inspired by the Torah. Amateur bartender and Kiddush Club devotee at Congregation…

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The Opera About Our Favorite Supreme Court Jewess Is All Too Relevant

May 30, 2016
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Not all operas end with death or marriage. Some, like Derrick Wang’s Scalia/Ginsburg, about the unlikely friendship of the two Supreme Court justices, culminate in constitutional consensus. The musical pastiche of an American comic opera follows the pair through three cosmic trials, a la Mozart’s The Magic Flute. But to…

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Vegan Shrimp Is The Next Kosher Food Craze

May 27, 2016
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This Just In: Kosher Vegan Shrimp!

New Wave Foods is a California company that’s dedicated to sustainable seafood. They create substitutes that taste just like the real thing, without destroying the environment — hence the genesis of their man-made shrimp substitute, known as Shr!mp. This high-protein, low-fat treat is made in a laboratory by baking red…

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