This Holocaust Survivor Won More Olympic Gymnastic Medals Than Any Other Jewish Woman in History
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This Holocaust Survivor Won More Olympic Gymnastics Medals Than Any Other Jewish Woman in History

By On August 22, 2016

Sixty years before Aly Raisman brought home her gold, the world had its eyes on another Jewish Olympic gymnast: a Hungarian woman with a backstory even more arresting than her floor routine.… Read More

Oy Oy Oy Gevalt! A New Book All About the Jews of Punk
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Oy Oy Oy Gevalt! A New Book All About the Jews of Punk

By On August 19, 2016

The cover of Oy Oy Oy Gevalt! Jews and Punk (Praeger, 2016), Michael Croland’s new nonfiction history of Jews in punk culture, depicts a bearded Hasid with his eyes squeezed shut and… Read More

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Jewish Haitian-American TV Host Eric André is Taking Comedy By Storm

By On August 18, 2016

There’s a very good chance that Eric André is not for you. The Jewish Haitian-American comedian excels at a brand of absurdist, surrealist humor that marries the delicious discomfort of Larry David… Read More

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The Jewish Con Man Who Swindled Hitler and Tried to Fleece Mae West

By On August 16, 2016

In 1936 a New York Jewish hustler named Freeman Bernstein swindled the Third Reich by selling the Nazis 35 tons of valuable Canadian nickel but instead delivering scrap metal and tin. This… Read More

Was Famous Psychoanalyst Carl Jung an Anti-Semite?
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Was Famous Psychoanalyst Carl Jung an Anti-Semite?

By On August 15, 2016

Let’s get one thing straight: The seminal Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Jung was not an anti-Semite–no, sorry, Carl Jung was definitely an anti-Semite. Or—wait. Which is it? Let’s look at the facts. One… Read More

The First Olympic Gold Swimmer Was This Hungarian Jew
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The First Swimmer to Win Olympic Gold Was This Hungarian Jew

By On August 12, 2016

When Michael Phelps dives into a pool in Rio to grab his golds, he’s guaranteed calm waters hovering round 80 degrees Fahrenheit. But at the first modern Olympic Games in Athens, Greece,… Read More

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Famous Classic Art Works Get Hilarious Jewish Updates

By On August 11, 2016

In Greek and Roman times, there was trompe l’oeil, where artists tried to “trick the eye” into seeing three dimensions where there were just two. Double exposure built the optical illusion of… Read More

With This New Hotline, Now You, Too, Can Dial-a-Jew
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With This New Hotline, Now You, Too, Can Dial-a-Jew

By On August 10, 2016

The modern Jew comes in all flavors. So with such variety, wouldn’t it be great to, every once in a while, pick up the phone and sample a brand new Jew? Introducing… Read More

A Riveting Gay Family Drama, From Israel to London and Back Again
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A Riveting Gay Family Drama, From Israel to London and Back Again

By On August 9, 2016

During rehearsal for the London Gay Men’s Chorus, Saar Maoz gets a shoulder massage from the man behind him while giving one to the man in front of him. Their voices sound… Read More

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Yiddish, Pig Skin, and Other Surprises in Jell-O’s Troubled Jewish Past

By On August 8, 2016

Long a staple of the American Jewish desert table, Jell-O has a much more divisive and political origin story than you’d expect from a wobbly gelatinous mass. As told in Roger Horowitz’s… Read More

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The Jewish Louis Armstrong Died in Obscurity 40 Years Ago Today

By On August 8, 2016

Forty years ago today, the world lost a little swing in its step. The swing belonged to a remarkable jazz musician named Adolph “Eddie” Ignatievich Rosner. Rosner was known for playing two… Read More

The Surprising Nazi Origins of the Olympic Torch Relay
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The Surprising Nazi Origins of the Olympic Torch Relay

By On August 4, 2016

The Olympics are supposed to be a time when the world unites to celebrate elite athletes, but it has long been a complicated event for Jews. The Munich massacre of Israeli athletes… Read More