King Saul and the Witch of Endor
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King Saul and the Witch of Endor

By On October 31, 2014

In honor of Halloween, today’s installment of Stories From the Back of the Bible is the controversial tale of the Witch of Endor, featuring Saul, the handsome but historically inept first king of Israel. For years,… Read More

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Heartbreaking Home Videos From the Old Country

By On October 30, 2014

We tend to think of early 20th-century Jewish migration as a one-way street. But a New York City exhibition shows a different story—in film.Between the wars, some of those emigres traveled back to Europe… Read More

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The Ancient Rabbi’s Secret Diary

By On October 29, 2014

Some people fill their diaries with secrets and desires, others with the details of nighttime angel rendezvous.In 1646, such a diary appeared. Titled the Maggid Mesharim, or “Preacher of Righteousness,” the odd and mystical… Read More

The Young Israeli Poet In Palestinian Drag
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The Young Israeli Poet In Palestinian Drag

By On October 28, 2014

Growing up in Tel Aviv, Morani Kornberg-Weiss only encountered the poetry of Mahmoud Darwish, Palestine’s national poet, by chance. As a “voice from the other side,” Darwish seemed to speak to her… Read More

The Jewish Nazi Film That Was Just a Little Too Nazi
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The Jewish Nazi Film That Was Too Nazi for the Jews

By On October 22, 2014

  What could scream “zeitgeist” louder than a 1942 American comedy about a troupe of Polish actors who use their knack for disguise to fool Nazis? Though it was the season for… Read More

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The Puerto Rican Boxer With the Kosher Tattoo

By On October 21, 2014

Pro boxers don’t usually wear their sponsorship on their sleeves – but Puerto Rican fighter Miguel Cotto wears his on his neck. Er, scratch that – the Orthodox Union hechsher tattooed on the light middleweight boxer’s trapezius… Read More

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How Anti-Semitism Helped Ruth Bader Ginsburg Succeed

By On October 20, 2014

Rising to barely 5 foot 1 inch, weighing in at just under 100 pounds, and topping out her age bracket at 81 years, we have the meanest, leanest magistrate in the land—the… Read More

Why the New Trans TV Show is Good for the Jews
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The New Trans TV Show That’s Good for the Jews

By On October 15, 2014

Amazon’s first foray into television, Transparent, looks like it will be good for the Jews, especially if it succeeds. In the first season, three self-involved, adult Jewish siblings in Los Angeles will discover… Read More

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When the High Priest Was Pelted With Citrons

By On October 14, 2014

  It’s autumn. Do you get upset when squirrels pelt you from above with acorns? Well, please count your blessings: at least they’re not etrogs, and at least you’re not a high priest with… Read More

The Amazing New Molecule Shaped Like a Jewish Star
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The Amazing New Molecule Shaped Like a Jewish Star

By On October 13, 2014

Even Isaac Asimov couldn’t dream this up. A team of University of Manchester chemists led by Professor David Leigh have invented a molecular shape that looks exactly like the Magen David – the Star of David – which could, if… Read More

The Lady Gaga of Hasidic Music
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The Lady Gaga of Hasidic Music

By On October 8, 2014

He’s been called the Jewish Elvis; he’s been called the Lady Gaga of Hasidic Music. He’s a rock star, he’s a YouTube sensation, and he’s a Hasidic Jew. He is Lipa Schmeltzer, and his wardrobe is way… Read More

Why "Back to the Future" is About the World to Come
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The Surprising Hasidic Subtext of a Popular New Novel

By On October 7, 2014

Ben Lerner is not primarily a novelist – he’s a poet. He’s also not a Hasid. But his new novel 10:04 opens with a quote: “Hasidim tell a story about the world to come that says everything there… Read More

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