Hunting Nazis on Noah’s Ark
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Hunting Nazis on Noah’s Ark

By On April 27, 2015

In 1992, the video game Wolfenstein 3-D was released. It was one of the first games where the TV screen showed the player’s first-person point of view. When your character moved through… Read More

Kidnapped, Murdered, and Now Starring in a New Film
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Kidnapped, Murdered, and Now Starring in a New French Film

By On April 27, 2015

In 2006, Ilan Halimi, a young Parisian Jew of Moroccan descent, died after having been kidnapped and held for three weeks by a group from the city’s outskirts known as the Gang… Read More

Seinfeld’s Back With A Rap Album About Nothing
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Seinfeld’s Back With Another Rap Album About Nothing

By On April 24, 2015

  Quoting Jerry Seinfeld around the water cooler may be back in style—as long as it involves sampling some of his lyrics from the new Wale rap album, The Album About Nothing.… Read More

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A Fantastic New Film About Ethiopians in Israel

By On April 23, 2015

  When Ethiopian Jews started emigrating to Israel in 1984 they made an indelible impact on Israel, and Israel made an indelible impact on them. Ethiopian-Israeli Bazi Gete puts that immigrant dynamic front and center… Read More

The Crazy New Invention for Using Electricity on Shabbat
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The Crazy New Invention for Using Electricity on Shabbat

By On April 21, 2015

For many observant Jews, not using electricity is one of the most salient aspects of Sabbath observance. But a new invention aims to change that. By changing the way a light switch… Read More

The Grateful Dead, Now in Hebrew!
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The Grateful Dead — Now in Hebrew!

By On April 20, 2015

Sagol 59 is the godfather of Israeli hip-hop — it’s not exactly a widely-contested title, but man, he’s good. Sagol has made a career out of doing what you’d least expect him… Read More

General Patton: Hero, Anti-Semite
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General Patton: Hero or Anti-Semite?

By On April 19, 2015

General George Patton was a real American hero—a legendary tactician with exceptional oratory skill, a giant of such combat prowess that the first tank designed after World War II bore his name.… Read More

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The Liqueur-Making Jews of Curacao

By On April 17, 2015

The oldest continually active Jewish congregation in the Americas? Hint: check your margarita glass. Congregation Mikve Israel Emmanuel in Curacao — home of the liqueur of the same name — holds the… Read More

The Chinese Righteous Among the Austrian Nation
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The Chinese Righteous Amid the Austrian Nation

By On April 16, 2015

  The Holocaust revealed not only the extraordinary evil of people—but also the extraordinary good. Feng-Shan Ho is the perfect example of the latter. Ho served as the Chinese Consul-General in Vienna… Read More

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Abstract Painter Mark Rothko’s Jewish Roots

By On April 15, 2015

Before Mark Rothko’s famous rectangles of color were found in college dorms everywhere, before he became a key figure of Abstract Expressionist painting, he was born Marcus Rothkowitz in 1903 in Tsarist… Read More

Ever Wonder How the Ultra-Orthodox Teach About Sex?
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Sex, Israeli Ultra-Orthodox Style

By On April 14, 2015

Ori Gruder didn’t know how to talk to his 10-year-old son about the birds and the bees. Gruder is 44, a father of six, and a member of Israel’s ultra-Orthodox religious community,… Read More

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Where Star Trek and the Great American Songbook Meet the Jews

By On April 13, 2015

What happened to the classic songs of the 1930’s and ‘40s? The standards of the Great American Songbook crooned by Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee or Ella Fitzgerald (and later made unforgettable by… Read More