See The Yiddish Paper Beloved by Polish Jewry Before the War

March 20, 2015
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Looking for news from the provinces? A husband? Sholem Aleichem’s book tour schedule? Published between 1908 and 1939, Haynt (along with Der Moment) was one of the two widest-circulation, longest-running Yiddish newspapers in Poland. Well-known writers (even some you’ve probably heard of), like I.L. Peretz and Sholem Aleichem, published columns in…

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Take a (Virtual) Trip to 19th-Century Jewish New Hampshire

March 19, 2015
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Many history lessons about the wave of Jewish immigrants between the 1890s and early 20th century revolve around urban neighborhoods like New York’s Lower East Side. But a digital exhibition arm of the Strawberry Banke Museum in Portsmouth, N.H. sheds light on the waterfront experiences of one Jewish family, the Shapiros, in…

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How a Chocolate Bar Drove Israeli Women from the Polls

March 18, 2015
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In the U.S., courting female voters involves plenty of silly political acrobatics in the name of women — including claiming, as one nameless presidential candidate once did, that you have binders full of them. But on the eve of yesterday’s national elections in Israel, ultra-Orthodox party Yahad gave the former Massachusetts…

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The Jaw-Droppingly Gorgeous Haggadah You Probably Want Right Now

March 17, 2015
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The Gorgeous Newfangled Haggadah You Probably Want Right Now

Asufa is an Israeli design collective. Each year, they collect a rowdy cadre of over 40 Israeli artists and they release a Passover haggadah. Each artist is given a different part of the haggadah to depict. There are only two rules: 1) Each artist may only draw a single page;…

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A New Guide to the Secret Meaning of Jewish Words

March 16, 2015
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What do Jews speak? The answer isn’t exactly simple. And how could it be, when Yiddish, Aramaic, ancient and modern Hebrew, Ladino, and Arabic all play into the mix? Which is exactly why the Jewish English Lexicon feels so necessary. The JEL, a collaborative repository of the distinctively Jewy words used…

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Israeli Artist Gives JFK and Golda Meir the Full Hipster Treatment

March 13, 2015
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Israeli Artist Gives Golda Meir the Full Hipster Treatment

SEE JFK, QUEEN ELIZABETH, AND THE REST OF THE “SHEPSTORY” GALLERY HERE»» Official portraits of Mahatma Gandhi, John F. Kennedy, Winston Churchill and other world leaders show them as noble, wise and better than the rest of us. Israeli artist Amit Shimoni brings them down to our level in HIPSTORY, his…

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Georgia’s First Jew

March 12, 2015
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Although it’s hard to believe today, Savannah, Georgia was once nearly one-third Jewish. And the man who got the trend going, a Portuguese Jewish doctor named Samuel Nunes, almost didn’t make it in. After the Portuguese Inquisition, which sought to root out crypto-Jews or conversos who had maintained Jewish practices…

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The Simpsons Go to Auschwitz

March 11, 2015
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SEE MORE OF THE “NEVER AGAIN” GALLERY HERE»»  You may have missed Italian artist aleXsandro Palombo’s work commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. You may be glad you did. For the anniversary, Palombo released a series of illustrations featuring characters from The Simpsons as Holocaust victims. The images are grotesque and…

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The Jewish Food Critic Who Rules Los Angeles

March 10, 2015
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The Jewish Food Critic Who Rules Los Angeles

It’s not uncommon for new residents of Los Angeles to receive well worn copies of Jonathan Gold’s Counter Intelligence: Where to Eat in the Real Los Angeles filled with dog-eared pages and marginalia. The Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic’s collection of restaurant reviews is a bible of local gourmands, and a fitting welcome gift. Gold grew…

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Help David Duchovny and Shalom The Pig Get to Israel by Sundown

March 9, 2015
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Help David Duchovny and Shalom the Pig Get to Israel by Sundown

  Maybe you first fell for David Duchovny as the DEA Agent in Twin Peaks. Or you tracked his every move in The X-Files as the steamily troubled Agent Fox Mulder. Either way, it’s hard not to feel smitten all over again when you read his allegorical new book called Holy…

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Jews Ask: Here’s Your Hemp, What’s Your Hurry?

March 6, 2015
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Jews Ask Here’s Your Hemp, What’s Your Hurry

“Drug policy reform is [already] a Jewish value,” says Le’Or, the Portland-based Jewish nonprofit spearheading the Jewish community’s push for marijuana legalization in the US. Not to worry, you could be excused for not recalling the parsha that allows industrial hemp farming. (It doesn’t exist.) Le’Or’s directors, husband-and-wife team Claire and…

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The Old English Drinking Song About Haman and Esther

March 5, 2015
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The Old English Drinking Song About Haman and Esther

For generations Jewish children have sung a classic ditty for the holiday of Purim called “Once There was a Wicked, Wicked Man and Haman Was His Name-o.” The chorus, as you may know from your own Purim festivities, goes “For today we’ll merry, merry be (x3) and nosh some hamantaschen.” Some research reveals that this classic Purim jingle full…

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