Make a Sephardic Seder, Whip Your Friends With Scallions

April 21, 2016
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Make a Sephardic Seder, Whip Your Friends With Scallions

After sitting for hours—and hours and hours—around the seder table with your family, you may feel like hitting someone (looking at you, drunk Uncle Ivan). If your family is Sephardic and has some large onions on hand, you may just be in luck. There is a tradition among Sephardic Jews…

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The Colorado Foodie Who’s Putting the Smoke in Smoked Salmon

April 20, 2016
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The Colorado Foodie Putting the "Pot" into Pot-zah Balls

The wise child, the wicked child, the simple child, and the child too stoned to ask? Yes, this Passover, you may hear a lot more giggling around the seder, especially if you’re inviting celebrated chef Josh Pollack to the table. Pollack has garnered a lot of praise for bringing authentic…

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How Passover Inspired The Jewish Stop on the Underground Railroad

April 19, 2016
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How Passover Inspired The Jewish Stop on the Underground Railroad

“Once we were slaves in Egypt. Now we are free people.” These words from the Haggadah rang in the ears of Jews who fought to end slavery in the United States. One such Jew in particular, August Bondi, a Yiddish-speaking Viennese immigrant, fought in the Union army to do his…

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Summer Cameo in ‘The Merchant of Venice’

April 19, 2016
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This July, Ruth Bader Ginsburg will take her judicial and theatrical talents to Venice. No stranger to the stage, the proud feminist Supreme Court Justice and opera connoisseur (who lately moonlights as a unicorn-rider) will appear in a spin-off of The Merchant of Venice in—you got it—Venice. The production, part…

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The Austrian Jewish Refugee With Over 650 Patents to His Name

April 18, 2016
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You Benefit From This Austrian Refugee's Inventions; Now Learn His Name

The prodigy is an almost mythical character: a person who, from an impossibly young age, shows mastery in areas that would take others a lifetime to achieve. The Inventor’s Dilemma: The Remarkable Life of H. Joseph Gerber (Yale University Press) chronicles the extraordinary life of such a person, who also…

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Love, Marriage, and Toilet Paper: Israel’s “Wedding Doll”

April 14, 2016
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Love, Marriage and Toilet Paper: Israel’s Wedding Doll

The film Wedding Doll is set in an isolated town in Israel’s Negev Desert. Hagit (Moran Rosenblatt) is a peppy young woman with a mild mental disability who works at a local toilet paper factory. An aspiring fashion designer, she spends her evenings making sketches and crafting tiny dolls with…

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An Israeli Band’s Dreamy New Music Video Goes Viral

April 13, 2016
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The video for Tel Aviv-based Jane Bordeaux Band’s pretty, wistful acoustic song “Ma’agalim” has been making the rounds on the Internet, and for good reason—it’s gorgeous: The animated music video features a small wooden doll in an antique penny arcade machine. She’s stuck on a fixed track and, as the…

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Two Jews in Love (in Yiddish) in Havana

April 12, 2016
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Two Jews in Love--in Yiddish--in Havana

Today Cuba is in the news for resuming diplomatic relations with the United States after a four-decade Cold War freeze. But it was a very different place in 1942, when Reuben and Isabel Schiller first fell in love. “She didn’t understand English and I couldn’t speak Spanish. So we conversed…

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That Episode Where Mary Tyler Moore Defended the Jews

April 11, 2016
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A current exhibit at New York City’s Jewish Museum exploring anti-Semitism through pop culture, entitled The Television Project: Some of My Best Friends, borrows its name from that classic lead-up to inevitable prejudice: “Some of my best friends are ___, but…” It’s also an allusion to season 2, episode 23…

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A Candy Bar With a Jewish Identity Crisis

April 8, 2016
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A Candy Bar Identity Crisis With a Jewish Immigrant Backstory

Other than Hanukah gelt, there isn’t too much candy renowned for being Jewish. But Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews are one. Introduced in 1917 by the Goldenberg Candy Company as a protein-rich ration for WWI troops, they later became a popular snack for civilians. Starting with 19th-century Romanian immigrant David, the company…

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An 11-Year Old Orthodox Superhero Named Mirka

April 7, 2016
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Meet Mirka. Sure, she wears a uniform from her Bais Yaakov (that is, her Orthodox girls’ school) and long braids, but this 11-year-old Hasidic girl is also a superhero who fights trolls, bargains with witches, gets pulled into outer space, and still manages to be home in time to light…

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The Anti-Semitic, Racist Tweetbot That Shows The World Sucks

April 6, 2016
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The Anti-Semitic, Racist Tweetbot That Shows The World Sucks

Did you hear about the time Microsoft created an artificially-intelligent chat robot, released it onto Twitter, and incidentally learned that the world was a cruel and hateful place? The bot, named Tay, was created to speak like a “teen girl,” learning, like a good robot, from its experiences with users…

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