The Israeli Band Carrying the Torch for Yemen’s Last Jews

March 28, 2016
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The Yemeni Sisters Whose Video is Sweeping Across Israel and the Muslim World

The recent airlift evacuation of 19 Yemenite Jews to Israel made international news — now, there are only 50 Jews remaining in the Middle Eastern country. The 2000-year-old Jewish community in Yemen seems a hair’s breadth from its end. But meanwhile, some forward-thinking descendants of this community are bringing their culture and…

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Auschwitz Sets the Record Straight With This New “Polish Death Camp” Plug-In

March 25, 2016
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Auschwitz Sets the Record Straight With This New "Polish Death Camp" Plug-In

“Words can insult or distort reality,” announces a heavily promoted, ominous trailer made by the Auschwitz Museum: As such, the museum recently released a computer program offering the public “a simple tool for correcting memory errors for those who write about the past, so words won’t lie to future generations.” But don’t be fooled.…

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This Haunting Photo Series Takes Us to 1930s Jewish Krakow

March 24, 2016
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The photographer Richard Tuschman describes his newest series, Once Upon a Time In Kazimierz, as a “novella told in still photographs.” The exhibit, on display until April 9 at the Klompching Gallery in New York, is eerie and mesmerizing. The photos tell the story of what it would be like…

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Quirky, Gorgeous Pics of London Kids in Purim Costumes

March 23, 2016
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Quirky, Gorgeous Pics of London Kids in Purim Costumes

Ever wish you could just stare at kids in Purim costumes without looking away? Thanks to French photographer Estelle Hanania, now you can. In her gorgeous photography book Happy Purim (Shelter Press), she selects her favorite shots from the Purims she spent wandering the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Stamford Hill in…

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Tel Aviv’s 1933 Purim Parade Starred This Controversial Hitler Float

March 22, 2016
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Tel Aviv's 1933 Purim Parade Starred This Hitler Float

March 1933, Tel Aviv. While Zionist leaders debated how to protest Hitler’s rise to power and help German Jews emigrate, Tel Aviv residents were gearing up for their annual Adloyada Purim parade. Against this background came one of the parade’s most memorable floats: A Hitler puppet brandishing his lance against…

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The Kibbutznik Linguist Who Teamed Up With Einstein to Fight Fascism

March 21, 2016
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The Kibbutznik Linguistic Genius From Pennsylvania and Ukraine

Time to add another name to the ever-expanding list of brilliant Jewish philosophers. Born in Balta, Ukraine in 1909 and raised in Pennsylvania, Zellig Sabbettai Harris was an achiever from the start. Of his own volition, he moved to Palestine at 13 where he labored on a kibbutz, then returned…

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After 300 Years, Scottish Jews Finally Have a Tartan They Can Call Their Own

March 21, 2016
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Tartans have been used to distinguish between different clans and tribes in Scotland for over two hundred years, but Jews never had their own–until earlier this century. Though the couple in this recent viral video of a Scottish Jewish wedding seem to be sticking to their own plaid, since 2008,…

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The 85-Year-Old Avant-Garde Eco-Feminist Artist From Orthodox Brooklyn

March 18, 2016
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The 85-Year-Old Avant-Garde Eco-Feminist Artist From Orthodox Brooklyn

Helène Aylon’s work is counted among the permanent collections of the Whitney, MoMA, and elsewhere. Still, it’s likely her name isn’t a familiar one. Aylon — born Helene Greenfield in 1931 to an Orthodox Jewish family in Brooklyn — is arguably among the more important American feminist artists of the 20th century.…

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These Sheep Are Preparing to Make Baa-aliyah

March 16, 2016
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Make Way for Canadian Sheep Making Baa-aliyah

National animals are a serious matter — after all, what would Americans think of themselves if Ben Franklin’s (fictional) campaign for the turkey had bested the bald eagle? Insofar as Jews are a nation, we’ve been lacking clear representation in the fauna department (lion? ram?). Until now. Jenna and Gil…

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Chicago “Bean” Artist’s Shocking Response to Anti-Semitic Graffiti

March 16, 2016
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Chicago's "Bean" Artist's Unusual Response to Anti-Semitic Graffiti

If you’ve visited the Windy City anytime since 2006, chances are you’ve squinted at your distorted image in the great “bean,” officially known as “Cloud Gate,” the iconic work of sculptor Anish Kapoor in Millennium Park. Or maybe you’ve seen it the Jerusalem version, a smaller, similar piece in the…

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The Swastika-Shaped California Naval Base That Doesn’t Seem To Be Going Away

March 14, 2016
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The Swastika-Shaped California Naval Base That Doesn't Seem To Be Going Away

The Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, located south of San Diego, is an important West Coast hub for various Navy training exercises. Also, if you look at it from the sky, it’s totally a giant swastika. Though the base was built in the late 1960s, American-Israeli researcher Avrahaum Segol first learned…

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How This Sick Lion Left Gaza, Drove Through Israel, and Landed in the West Bank

March 13, 2016
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How This Sick Lion Left Gaza, Drove Through Israel, and Landed in the West Bank

As a very famous one once sang, all a lion really needs is courage. But these days, the help of Coordinator of Government Activities in the [Palestinian] Territories, the Palestinian Agriculture Ministry, Israel’s Defense Ministry and the Israel Nature and Parks Authority can’t hurt. Yes, that is a rare group…

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