How to Save Karachi, Pakistan’s Lone Jewish Cemetery

January 28, 2015
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How to Save Pakistan's Lone Jewish Cemetery

  It might seem that the only Jews left in Pakistan are underground – in Karachi’s lone Jewish cemetery. But that’s not quite so. Faisal (Fishel) Benkhald, the son of a Muslim father and Iranian Jewish mother, dares to call himself a Jew in a country where the Jewish minority began…

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Anti-Semitism Got You Down? Try the Magic Kippah.

January 27, 2015
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Anti-Semitism Got You Down? Try the Magic Kippah.

Last week, the Associated Press reported that, in response to the increasing numbers of anti-Semitic attacks in Europe, an Israeli barber has designed yarmulkes that blend in with the wearer’s hair. Called the “Magic Kippa,” the head coverings, made of synthetic hair, are washable, brushable and dyeable. Inventor Shalom Koresh told…

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Tonight! New Film Tells the Real Story Behind Hitchcock’s Holocaust Footage

January 26, 2015
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Night Will Fall

For the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, there can be no better commemoration than Night Will Fall, a new documentary airing tonight on HBO. Masterfully directed by Andre Singer, Night Will Fall is the story of a story. In 1945, the British Army Film Unit commissioned producer Sydney Bernstein…

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A Newly Discovered Story by a Great, Dead Yiddish Writer

January 23, 2015
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A Newly Discovered Story by a Great, Dead Yiddish Writer

Fans of Yiddish writer Isaac Bashevis Singer have reason to rejoice: this week, The New Yorker published—for the first time in English—“Inventions,” a looping and wonderful new/old short story of the late Nobel Prize winner. Thanks to the ace detective work of writer David Stromberg, the story was fished out of…

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The Israeli Micronation You Never Knew Existed  

January 22, 2015
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The Israeli Micronation You Never Knew Existed

Looking for some relative peace and quiet in the Middle East? Look no farther than Akhzivland, a micronation on Israel’s northern coast, near Nahariya. Officially a mere 10,000 square meters, this tiny independent state is presided over by Eli Avivi, an Iranian expat who settled there in 1952. (After the destruction…

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Einstein and Weizmann Take America

January 21, 2015
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Einstein and Weizmann Take America

After publishing his theory of relativity, Albert Einstein became a global Jewish superstar. In 1921, bothered by an increasingly anti-Semitic Germany, he followed future Israeli president Chaim Weizmann to the U.S. to raise money for the Zionist cause, drawing throngs that would put Taylor Swift to shame. “I am doing…

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The Holocaust Survivor of East Harlem

January 20, 2015
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The Holocaust Survivor of East Harlem

Like Peter O’Toole’s portrayal of Lawrence a few years before, Rod Steiger’s Sol Nazerman—an East Harlem Holocaust survivor, pawnshop owner, and misanthrope par excellence—is a tour de force performance of both subtle and explosive terror, dread, and brilliance. The film in question—The Pawnbroker, a 1964 drama—is unlike any Holocaust film…

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The Israeli Violinist Who Had the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Play Second Fiddle

January 19, 2015
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The Israeli Violinist Who Cast the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as Second Fiddle

By now, the practice of auto-tuning the speaking voices of famous speeches (ref: musician John Boswell’s unforgettable takes on Mr. Rogers and the late astronomer Carl Sagan), has become a mainstay of pop music. But Israeli-born violinist Miri Ben-Ari’s 2007 single, “Symphony of Brotherhood,” may be the first single where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King,…

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The French Abraham Lincoln

January 16, 2015
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The French Abraham Lincoln

Adolphe Crémieux wasn’t just good for France. He was good for the Jews, too. The 19th-century French-Jewish lawyer was a champion of liberal ideas in the court, in the press, and on the world stage. In addition to being chosen by French Republicans as a member of the Parisian provisional…

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The Oath of Many Humiliations

January 15, 2015
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The Oath of Many Humiliations

As all Jews know, there’s a vibrant and creative history of all the ways in which we have been persecuted. Contributing to this lovely list is the Oath More Judaico (Latin for “on/by the Jewish custom), a medieval oath Jews were required to take when found in lawsuits with non-Jews. Dating back…

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Play Israeli Youths’ Hilarious New “Push the Bibi” Video Game!

January 14, 2015
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Play Israeli Youths’ Hilarious New “Push the Bibi” Video Game!

In the age of the political gaffe, how could Israeli PM Bibi Netanyahu’s now-notorious push to the front of the memorial march in Paris last week not turn heads? Fellow Israelis did a collective facepalm and chided him for presenting “the pushy Israeli, the impolite Israeli” to the world during a moment…

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The Only Kosher Butcher in Cuba

January 13, 2015
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The Only Kosher Butcher Shop in Cuba

For the kashrut-observant Cuban, there’s only one place to go for a piece of meat. Situated on Acosta Street in Old Havana is Cuba’s sole kosher butcher shop. For nearly 70 years, the privately run business has provided kosher beef to the country’s Jews, and only to the Jews—non-Jewish Cubans…

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