Bubbe Doubtfire Tells the Weather
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Bubbe Doubtfire Tells the Weather

By On June 6, 2014

This past winter was so toxic it gave us high-grade cabin fever. Because laughter is the best medicine, the Queens-born actor David Krumholtz created Gigi, a kind of Bubbe Doubtfire, to deliver entertaining video shorts nominally… Read More

Happy Shavuot!
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The Worldwide Jewish Cheesecake Festival

By On June 3, 2014

We’ll be signing off for a couple days in observance of Shavuot. Read about the holiday here, or just make a delicious cheesecake from our favorite food blog, The Nosher. See you on… Read More

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How to Write to Your Long-Lost Love, In Yiddish

By On June 3, 2014

Imagine, esteemed reader: Your son has recently arrived in America from your shtetl, and you want to warn him about the temptations of the goldene medina. But how do you find the right words… Read More

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A Dear Abby For The Lower East Side

By On June 2, 2014

Liana Finck’s graphic novel A Bintel Brief blends history and imagination to create an experience that is rich, immersive, and satisfying. It begins when a young woman receives a notebook from her grandmother filled… Read More

The Retrospective
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Bad Israeli Blood in a Holy Spanish City

By On May 29, 2014

In master novelist A.B. Yehoshua’s most recent book, The Retrospective (published in Israel in 2011), Yair Moses, an aging Israeli film director, arrives in the holy city of Santiago de Compostela for a retrospective of his… Read More

Don't Kick the Redhead!
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A Love Song to the Jewish Redhead

By On May 28, 2014

Whether lionized or demonized, redheads seem to hold an outsize place in the Jewish imagination. Sometimes called “Ginger Jews,” Jewish redheads have inspired a great number of origin stories, including speculation that they… Read More

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The Talmud of Star Trek

By On May 26, 2014

The Talmud says that killing a single person is like destroying the entire world. In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “The Inner Light” (1992), writer Morgan Gendel took the concept literally. Inspired… Read More

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The Pre-Hitler International Yiddish Culture Club

By On May 21, 2014

Ah, the soothing poetry of a Jewish intellectual on a mission: “To assist in creating a new Yiddish secular culture, in Jewish national forms, with the living forces of the broad Jewish… Read More

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Tijuana, Mexico’s Border-Crossing Jewish Kids

By On May 19, 2014

You might think a New York City family is making a sacrifice by renting a second apartment so their child can attend a high-ranking public school school—but try driving your kid across the U.S.-Mexico border… Read More

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The Jewish Mother of Modern Acting

By On May 16, 2014

Legendary actor and acting teacher Stella Adler was put onstage as soon as she could walk and never left. The newly released first biography of Adler (written by yours truly) explores how the daughter… Read More

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A New Romantic Comedy for the Manhattan Jewish Set

By On May 14, 2014

“There are two types of people in the world. Those the sun shines on, and there are those who sell lox.” Walter “Putzel” Himmelstein is clearly one of the latter. At “30-ish,”… Read More

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Jews: Not Funny Anymore

By On May 12, 2014

You want we should make you laugh? “Too late!” says When Jews Were Funny, a new documentary by acclaimed Canadian filmmaker Alan Zweig. Named the Best Canadian Feature Film at its 2013 Toronto… Read More