Christmas Eve Music for the Whole Mishpucha
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Christmas Eve Music for the Whole Mishpucha

By On December 24, 2014

Are you struggling with holiday music choices for your interfaith family? Or perhaps you’re a closet carol-loving Jew, like Bob Dylan. Or a non-denominational December-loving person who will poke his eye out… Read More

The 1920s: When Gandhi Was a Yiddish-Speaking Puppet
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Meet Mohandas Gandhi, The Yiddish-Speaking Puppet

By On December 23, 2014

Who was the Jon Stewart of the Lower East Side in the 1920s and 30s? It just may have been Modicut, a satirical, leftist Yiddish puppet theater troupe (the only one of… Read More

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The ______ [adj] Inventor of Mad Libs

By On December 22, 2014

Writer and producer Leonard Stern was __________ [adv] in need of an adjective, so he asked his friend Roger Price. Before he could tell Price what the subject was, Price threw out… Read More

A Partisan Heroine for the Ages
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A Partisan Heroine for the Ages

By On December 19, 2014

Legendary, selfless, with a spirit inextinguishable, Vitka Kempner-Kovner is a Jewish hero for the history books. Claiming that she would “not be humiliated” after witnessing the brutality of the SS in her home… Read More

The Israeli Novel That’s Hard to Believe Was Ever Taught in Schools
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It’s Hard to Believe This Novel Was Ever Taught in Israeli Schools

By On December 18, 2014

The conscientious literature of conflict is a modernist genre: novels like All Quiet on the Western Front privilege the individual’s psychic experience of war over the distant, glorious narrative of a nation’s… Read More

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The 19th-Century Lesbian Writer Who Met a Tragic End

By On December 17, 2014

The challenges and rewards facing the female entrepreneur, the depiction of same-sex love, and a critique of the materialist values of affluent Jewish society—these contemporary themes got an early, gripping treatment long… Read More

How Mah-Jongg Became Jewish
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How Mah-Jongg Became Jewish

By On December 12, 2014

How did a game that graced ancient Chinese tables (in the company, some posit, of Confucius) come to grace contemporary Jewish tables (in the company, perhaps, of babka and Slivovitz)? While books,… Read More

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The German Jewish Director With a Magic Touch

By On December 11, 2014

Like déjà vu, or the uncanny ache of nostalgia, there is something very particular about Ernst Lubitsch‘s films. The Jewish German director was known for many things—for being Hollywood’s most elegant director,… Read More

The Aussie Folk Guitarist Who Combines Dylan With Carlebach
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The Aussie Folk Guitarist Who Combines Dylan With Carlebach

By On December 10, 2014

Moshe Hendel Feiglin, the lead singer and guitarist of the Australian folk band Feter Hendel, had an old Shlomo Carlebach song, a nigun, that was stuck in his head. He’d heard it… Read More

Nora Ephron + Lena Dunham = Love
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Nora Ephron + Lena Dunham = Love

By On December 9, 2014

The Jewish Women’s Archive Power Couples series matches members of the older generation with their successors in the new. Comedy writer-directors Nora Ephron (z”l) and Lena Dunham. Scientist/screen stars Hedy Lamarr and Mayim Bialik.… Read More

The Only Susan Sontag Documentary You’ll Ever Need to See
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The Only Susan Sontag Documentary You’ll Ever Need to See

By On December 8, 2014

“I didn’t feel I was expressing myself—I was taking part in a noble activity,” Susan Sontag recalls in an interview, describing her childhood urge to write. A new HBO documentary, Regarding Susan… Read More

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A Biblical Soap Opera Gets Its Primetime Debut

By On December 5, 2014

  If you love Bible stories for their soap-opera grade drama, you’ll swoon over adaptions of said stories that make them even juicier. Take, for example, Anita Diamant’s The Red Tent, a… Read More

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