An Illustrated Kafka For Kids

June 27, 2013
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Children’s books, with their large glossy pages and sparse text, often follow puppies on magical adventures, and always end happily. My First Kafka: Runaways, Rodents & Giant Bugs is no such book. The pages may be visually beautiful thanks to illustrator Rohan Daniel Eason, and the text may be spirited thanks to Jewniverse‘s…

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The Last Jewish Waiter

June 26, 2013
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David Manheim, a 38-year-old waiter at New York’s famous Katz’s Deli, hates his job. Really hates his job. And he’s always wanted his own talk show. So on April 20th, he merged his only love with his only hate and launched The Last Jewish Waiter. On TLJW Manheim chronicles his fascination with, and somewhat amusing contempt for, his…

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The Birth of the Crock-Pot

June 25, 2013
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While you may be familiar with the gloppy yet delicious Shabbat afternoon stew that is cholent, you may not know about the word’s French etymology, nor the fact that we have a  Jewish inventor to thank for the appliance that allows us to slowly cook our meat-and-bean-potato stew. Though you probably aren’t…

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Bambi…and the Holocaust

June 24, 2013
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The death of Bambi’s mother is many children’s first encounter with death. But the history of the book that inspired the film is even darker story than the story it tells. Born Siegmund Salzmann, Bambi author Felix Salten was brought to Vienna as an infant in 1869, shortly after the government…

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Jews for Hearth & Home

June 21, 2013
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Old men with sidelocks and stethoscopes, violinists in black suits and hats, humpbacks with big noses and prayer shawls. Such is the population not of Kazimierz, Krakow’s historically Jewish district, but of the knickknack and souvenir shops lining its cobblestone streets. For years, these “lucky” Jewish figurines have been objects of fascination and revulsion for Jewish…

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Dude, Where’s My Chutzpah?

June 20, 2013
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Sporting a blue t-shirt emblazoned with a Star of David, Jessie Kahnweiler walks across a bridge with a guy who’s also dressed as a Super Jew. They’ve been flitting about LA bestowing fortune on average citizens—culminating in a goofy scene in which their light sabers magically spark some guy’s cigarette. Welcome to Dude, Where’s My Chutzpah,…

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Does This Hat Make Me Look like Hitler?

June 19, 2013
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Recently, when images of this kettle that looks like Hitler went viral, it created such a tempest in a, well, teapot that JCPenney pulled the item from its shelves, and announced that the resemblance was unintentional. If they’d wanted to make a kettle that looked like something, @JCPenney tweeted, they would have gone…

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From “Ghostbusters” to His Mother’s Brisket

June 18, 2013
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He was the possessed keymaster neighbor, the beer-swiller, the kid-shrinker, the coach of Little Giants. He was Barney Rubble in a terrible Flintstones flick. He even donned a dark helmet in outer space. He’s Rick Moranis, and he’s back—sort of. After releasing his first music album, The Agoraphobic Cowboy, in 2005, Moranis returns with My Mother’s Brisket & Other Love…

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Kafka’s Hasidic Sidekick

June 17, 2013
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In 1894, boys like Jiří Langer were a dime a dozen: Born into an assimilated Jewish family in Prague, there was nothing notable about him until, at 19, he bought “a railway ticket to a little place in eastern Galicia,” where he met the Hasidic rebbe of the town of Belz. He returned to…

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Mickey Katz, Borscht Jester

June 14, 2013
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In the 1960s, my father kept a handful of well-worn LPs in the rack under the hi-fi: some Broadway soundtracks, some Sinatra, Mitch Miller, Tchaikovsky and, of course, Mickey Katz. It was mandatory in every Jewish home. What did Mickey Katz give the world? For starters, his son, Joel Grey – the Oscar-winning emcee of Cabaret. For another,…

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Poking Around the Toymaker’s Home

June 13, 2013
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Ever wanted to peek into the home life of a professional toymaker and artist? At a new exhibit at Los Angeles’s Skirball Cultural Center, now you can. “The Door is Always Open” recreates the childhood home of artist Gary Baseman and all its accoutrements. Though his name may not be familiar to you, you’ve probably…

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Painting On The Green Line

June 12, 2013
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You can’t smell it, touch it, or see it, but Israel’s Green Line does exist, and for a few hours last week, the post-independence boundary between Israel and the West Bank was colored a rich, verdant green. On Wednesday, June 5th, the 46th anniversary of the Six-Day War, an Israeli activist group called…

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