OMGWTFBIBLE

February 1, 2013
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On the third Monday of every month, at New York City’s Parkside Lounge, the comedian and writer David Tuchman hosts what could be described as a rather, well, unorthodox reading of the weekly Torah portion. Going chapter-by-chapter through the Hebrew Bible, his monthly show OMGWTFBIBLE analyzes, questions, and dissects the text with a healthy…

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Santa Fe’s Crypto-Jews, Illustrated

January 31, 2013
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Quick, name 3 centers of Jewish culture. New York, Los Angeles and Tel Aviv? Why not include Santa Fe, New Mexico? A new graphic novel, El Iluminado, depicts present-day Santa Fe as the center of a thriving, yet hidden Jewish world: the land of the crypto-Jews, who emigrated from Spain after the expulsion…

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A Priest and a Rabbi Walk Into a Book

January 30, 2013
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Isaac Frankel’s recently-released first novel, Sacred Apples, fascinatingly explores the intersection of Judaism,Christianity, and Islam—both in Jerusalem, where the plot unfolds, and beyond. With some lines taken directly from the Bible and the Talmud, and the rest matching their high, formal tone, the novel’s language evokes Jerusalem’s religious atmosphere and heritage. The story follows a young Catholic priest,…

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The Loopy Truths of Jewish Signatures

January 29, 2013
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By now you’ve probably heard: Jack Lew, President Obama’s nominee for Treasury secretary, signs his name like your Uncle Saul after too much Manischewitz. And now his sloppy John Hancock may get scribbled across our $10s and $20s for years to come. Though Lew is the one currently in the spotlight, he isn’t…

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A Punk Fiddler

January 28, 2013
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“In our little village of Anatevka, you might say every one of us is crazy.” In most productions of Fiddler on the Roof Tevye delivers these opening lines ponderously, reflectively—a bit, you could say, maudlinly. But the teenage cast members of a recent New Jersey production took a slightly different tack. Under…

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Gangsta Meets Grandma: Bubala Please

January 25, 2013
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Want a recipe for a viral video that gets the Jews a-“like”-ing and doesn’t star a tallis-wearing cat? Try this: start with essence of Cheech and Chong but replace the half-Chinese guy with a black guy. Add Grandma Feygie, her mahjong friends, and the secret ingredient from her latke recipe. Season with equal parts Adam Sandler  and Richard…

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Video: Shout-out to Omaha Jews!

January 24, 2013
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“Summer’s hot like us, but in the winters: brrr! / Jews in the Midwest, that’s no slur.” Nebraskan teens sing their truth with Bible Raps.

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Let My People Go

January 24, 2013
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There’s a place where romantic fairy tale meets French bedroom farce, and where campy inside jokes about gay and Jewish stereotypes collide. This is the place where Mikael Buch’s new film Let My People Go! sits – or, rather, where it luxuriates on a vintage chaise lounge. The story of Reuben (Nicolas Maury) and…

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Video: Hasidic Boy Wins Chinese Dance-Off

January 23, 2013
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However did we miss this? Does anyone know who this boy is, and how he made it to this dance contest in Shenzen, China? We would really like to know.

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The Other Avishai Cohen

January 23, 2013
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In the vibrant and tight-knit world of jazz music, there is only one Miles Davis, one Ella Fitzgerald, and one Wynton Marsalis. But there are two Avishai Cohens, both of them successful, and both of them Israeli. Fortunately, they play different instruments: one Cohen’s on the trumpet, the other sticks…

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Art from Jewish Chernobyl

January 22, 2013
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In the centuries before the catastrophic 1986 nuclear disaster, the Ukrainian city of Chernobyl was the site of a vibrant Jewish community. German Jewish artist Marion Kahnemann recently created a mixed-media series depicting the Chernobyl region and its Jewish past. “Hinter dem rücken der Zeit” (“Behind the Back of Time” – exhibit PDF here) is…

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Black White & Jewish

January 21, 2013
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Rebecca Leventhal Walker was born in Jackson, Mississippi in 1969. Her mother, famed black author Alice Walker and her father, Jewish lawyer Mel Leventhal, met at the height of the Civil Rights Movement. In her memoir Black, White and Jewish Walker poignantly describes a childhood split between two worlds, particularly after her parents’ divorce:…

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