"Hipster Hitler" Comedy Book: Too Soon?
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“Hipster Hitler” Comedy Book: Too Soon? Always Too Soon?

By On February 2, 2015

Jewish comedians from Mel Brooks to Sarah Silverman have turned the Third Reich into a punchline. Humor is tragedy plus time, Mark Twain famously quipped. But the Internet meme “Hipster Hitler” seems… Read More

The Jewish Woman Who May Have Discovered DNA
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The Jewish Woman Who May Have Discovered DNA

By On January 30, 2015

Rosalind Franklin – the “Dark Lady of DNA,” as one of her biographers put it—has long been viewed as one of 20th-century science’s great underdogs. Her role in discovering DNA’s structure was downplayed,… Read More

Adopting a Child, and Letting Go of Expectations
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Adopting a Child, and Letting Go of Expectations

By On January 29, 2015

It’s not easy raising a child, but when Claude Knobler and his wife adopted Nati, a five-year-old Ethiopian boy, they faced some unique challenges. Knobler met Nati, whose parents were dying of… Read More

How to Save Pakistan's Lone Jewish Cemetery
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How to Save Karachi, Pakistan’s Lone Jewish Cemetery

By On January 28, 2015

It might seem that the only Jews left in Pakistan are underground – in Karachi’s lone Jewish cemetery. But that’s not quite so. Faisal (Fishel) Benkhald, the son of a Muslim father and… Read More

Anti-Semitism Got You Down? Try the Magic Kippah.
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Anti-Semitism Got You Down? Try the Magic Kippah.

By On January 27, 2015

  Last week, the Associated Press reported that, in response to the increasing numbers of anti-Semitic attacks in Europe, an Israeli barber has designed yarmulkes that blend in with the wearer’s hair. Called… Read More

Night Will Fall
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Tonight! New Film Tells the Real Story Behind Hitchcock’s Holocaust Footage

By On January 26, 2015

For the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, there can be no better commemoration than Night Will Fall, a new documentary airing tonight on HBO. Masterfully directed by Andre Singer, Night Will… Read More

A Newly Discovered Story by a Great, Dead Yiddish Writer
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A Newly Discovered Story by a Great, Dead Yiddish Writer

By On January 23, 2015

  Fans of Yiddish writer Isaac Bashevis Singer have reason to rejoice: this week, The New Yorker published—for the first time in English—“Inventions,” a looping and wonderful new/old short story of the late… Read More

The Israeli Micronation You Never Knew Existed
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The Israeli Micronation You Never Knew Existed  

By On January 22, 2015

  Looking for some relative peace and quiet in the Middle East? Look no farther than Akhzivland, a micronation on Israel’s northern coast, near Nahariya. Officially a mere 10,000 square meters, this tiny… Read More

Einstein and Weizmann Take America
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Einstein and Weizmann Take America

By On January 21, 2015

After publishing his theory of relativity, Albert Einstein became a global Jewish superstar. In 1921, bothered by an increasingly anti-Semitic Germany, he followed future Israeli president Chaim Weizmann to the U.S. to… Read More

The Holocaust Survivor of East Harlem
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The Holocaust Survivor of East Harlem

By On January 20, 2015

Like Peter O’Toole’s portrayal of Lawrence a few years before, Rod Steiger’s Sol Nazerman—an East Harlem Holocaust survivor, pawnshop owner, and misanthrope par excellence—is a tour de force performance of both subtle… Read More

The Israeli Violinist Who Cast the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as Second Fiddle
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The Israeli Violinist Who Had the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Play Second Fiddle

By On January 19, 2015

  By now, the practice of auto-tuning the speaking voices of famous speeches (ref: musician John Boswell’s unforgettable takes on Mr. Rogers and the late astronomer Carl Sagan), has become a mainstay of pop music. But Israeli-born violinist… Read More

The French Abraham Lincoln
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The French Abraham Lincoln

By On January 16, 2015

Adolphe Crémieux wasn’t just good for France. He was good for the Jews, too. The 19th-century French-Jewish lawyer was a champion of liberal ideas in the court, in the press, and on… Read More

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