Whatever Happened to Those Jewish Student Radicals?

February 18, 2013
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It’s no secret that Jews were disproportionately involved in the campus activism of the 60s and 70s. What many don’t know is that those Jews were doing a fair amount of writing, and even founded a wire service to link all the new Jewish campus publications together. By the mid-70s the Jewish…

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The Woman Who Smuggled Children From the Ghetto

February 15, 2013
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When Nazi tanks rolled into Warsaw in 1939, a 29-year-old Catholic woman named Irena Sendler made a decision: she would not stand by as her country’s Jews were persecuted. Despite smuggling approximately 2500 Jewish children out of the Warsaw Ghetto, Sendler lived in relative obscurity until her death in 2008.…

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Video: Royal Wedding, Klezmer-Style

February 14, 2013
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Did you know that Kate Middleton and Prince William had a Jewish wedding? Neither did we! Happy Valentine’s Day, from an alternate universe called YouTube.  

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Brooklyn Love

February 14, 2013
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Ah, the guilty pleasure of the romance novel: bodice-ripping, smoldering glances, passionate sex . . . and Shabbos dinner. Yep, you read that right: a new genre of romance novel – the Orthodox love story – has arrived, to the delight and curiosity of Jewish and non-Jewish readers alike. Yael Levy’s Brooklyn…

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Russian-Israeli Settlers in “The Territory”

February 13, 2013
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Amid all the debate about the Israeli settler movement there’s relatively little discussion of the fact that of the roughly 500,000 settlers, around 100,000 of them hail from the Former Soviet Union. Intrigued by these figures, Ukrainian director Dmitriy Khavin started speaking with settlers to find out what brought them there. These conversations became the…

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The Skinniest House in the World

February 12, 2013
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Last year, Israeli writer Etgar Keret saw some of the fantastical elements of his fiction become reality with the opening of the “Keret House” in Warsaw, Poland, which claims the title of world’s narrowest home. At its skinniest, the building—which you can see photos of here—is 28 inches wide. It features…

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Video: In Which the Lunacy of Israeli Bureaucracy Is Taken to a Whole New Level

February 11, 2013
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Imagine parking your car in a perfectly, blessedly legal spot in the middle of traffic-clogged Tel Aviv and coming back to find not just a ticket on your windshield, but the markings of a handicap spot all around it—when you’re 100% sure you did not, and would not, park in…

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The Omri Casspi Bill

February 11, 2013
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Drafted 23rd overall in 2009 by the Sacramento Kings, Omri Casspi hit the ground running as the first Israeli to play in the NBA. Since then, though, Casspi’s impact off the court has been greater than his impact on it. Two years after making the news for his athletic achievements,…

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Video: Palestinian Youths Go “Gaza Style”

February 8, 2013
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By now chances are you’ve seen Gangnam Style (and our post about it) but here’s something new: “Gaza Style” Produced by a group of Palestinian youths, this music video exemplifies the best of gallows humor: The narrative is all about the hardships of life in the Gaza Strip, but its…

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“Koch”: The Mayor, The Movie

February 8, 2013
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Former 3-term New York City mayor Ed Koch was a controversial figure. The mayor, who was the second Jewish denizen to hold the post, served from 1978 to 1989, and is credited with saving the city from financial ruin and improving city housing, services, and education. But as Koch, the new documentary by…

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Breaking and Entering

February 7, 2013
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The year is 1994 and psychologist Richard Shapiro has accidentally burned down a California state forest. Weeks earlier, his young patient had committed suicide, and the blazing forest hastens Richard’s slide toward mental breakdown. He and his wife Louise, an exasperated school guidance counselor, decide to start their and their…

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50 Years of Allan Sherman

February 6, 2013
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Before Weird Al Yankovic there was Allan Sherman. This summer marks the 50th anniversary of Sherman’s biggest hit, “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh,” a hilarious song in the form of a letter from a kid at sleepaway camp to his doting parents, and which features hapless campers like Joe Spivey (and his poison…

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