Why 100 NY Jews Brought Goats to This Moroccan Village

June 27, 2016
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They were quite a sight: 100 Jewish men from Monsey, New York, respectfully clad in traditional Arab clothing, arriving, after 25 miles of traversing tough climes, at a small Berber village 400 miles south of Rabat, Morocco. Last month, Rabbi Aaron Lankry of Monsey led this group on a pilgrimage…

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A New Novel about American Jewish Life During the Shoah

June 23, 2016
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the houseguest

Kim Brooks’ debut novel The Houseguest (Counterpoint Press, 2016), offers a refreshing perspective on an often overlooked facet of Holocaust: that of the American Jew. The story begins with the arson of a synagogue in Upper Manhattan during the spring of 1941, a (fictional) tragedy that highlights—and provokes—the struggles of…

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The Radical Israeli Activists Who Golda Meir Famously Called “Not Nice”

June 22, 2016
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The Radical Israeli Activists Who Golda Meir Famously Called "Not Nice"

The Black Lives Matters movement has rich precedents not just in the American Black Panthers movement of the 1960s and 1970s, but in an Israeli activist group of the same name. Back in 1971 a group of Mizrahi young people gathered in the Musrara neighborhood of Jerusalem. Fed up with…

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Watch This Tearjerker Commencement Address by a Jewish Legal Superstar

June 21, 2016
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Each year, commencement speakers have the challenge of blending the inspirational with the wry, the pragmatic with the idealistic. But sometimes, a personal history fits the bill. Rosalie Abella, the first Jewish woman to sit on the Canadian Supreme Court, addressed Yale Law School graduates last month while receiving an…

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Jerry Lewis’s Tacky Holocaust Movie Has Mysteriously Surfaced Yet Again

June 21, 2016
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Jerry Lewis's Tacky Holocaust Movie Has Mysteriously Surfaced Yet Again

Fans of filmic curios and tacky Holocaust art are having a party right now on the Internet, thanks to the recent resurfacing of legendary Jewish comedian Jerry Lewis’s “buried” 1972 film The Day the Clown Cried. The film—about a gentile clown with a conscience who literally leads Jewish children to…

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Nazi Nukes in Them There Hills?

June 17, 2016
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Nazi Nukes in Them There Hills?

The search for long-lost Nazi plunder is a hobbyist’s dream. Tales of buried treasures, hidden rooms, and occult ephemera are countless, stoked on, no doubt, by Nazi-loot-finding heroes like Indiana Jones. But it’s not often that these usually futile searches are for nukes. Enter 70-year-old Peter Lohr, who has been…

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The Ancient Hebrew Version of the Hippocratic Oath

June 16, 2016
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The Ancient Hebrew Version of the Hippocratic Oath

Filled with ideas like exercise, healthy eating, and proper hygiene, parts of the earliest medical book written in Hebrew sound quite modern. But there’s plenty in the Sefer Refuot—Book of Medicines—that reads a bit more ancient. The treatise, ascribed to the physician Asaph ben Berechiah, who lived in Israel between…

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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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