A 19th-Century Joke Haggadah for Schoolteachers

A 19th-Century Parody Haggadah for Schoolteachers

By On April 1, 2015

Do your bosses and clients oppress you? Have you spent years getting an education only to enter a low-paying, low-status profession? If so, this haggadah is for you. Published in 19th-century Odessa, Sefer… Read More

How to Host an Anarchy Seder

How to Host an Anarchy Seder

By On March 31, 2015

Many a Passover seder leader finds herself pulled between the opposing poles of structure and chaos. One method of finding that balance: the anarchy seder. At anarchy seders, like the one Rabbi… Read More


If Your Cantor Were a Rock Star He Would Sound Like This

By On March 30, 2015

If you ask Brooklyn-based musician Yoshie Fruchter, the great cantors of the 20th century —Yossele Rosenblatt, Leib Glantz, and Fruchter’s own grandfather — were actually laying the groundwork for a new brand of… Read More


Catch the Steamy Romance Atop Masada, on a TV Near You

By On March 27, 2015

Premiering next week on CBS, The Dovekeepers, based on the bestselling Alice Hoffman novel of the same name, dramatizes the story of Masada, the ancient mountaintop fortress, with bloody sword fights, battering… Read More

Quiet in Odessa

Shvitzing With the Jews in a Ukrainian Bathhouse

By On March 26, 2015

In a chaotic Ukraine, how do Jews see themselves? Dmitry Khavin’s new short documentary Quiet in Odessa (which screens this Friday in NYC) lets a few of the port city’s remaining Jews meditate… Read More

Why Singapore’s Army Sang Israeli Songs

Why Singapore’s Army Sang Israeli Songs

By On March 25, 2015

Who’s got Singapore’s back? For a tiny nation surrounded by Muslim countries, the answer is obviously “another tiny nation surrounded by Muslim countries,” i.e. Israel. But it turns out Israel doesn’t just have… Read More

Turkey's Secret Jews

Turkey’s Secret Jews

By On March 24, 2015

When 17th-century heretic Sabbatai Zevi declared himself the messiah and set about making his own rules for Judaism, he amassed a Jewish following across Europe. None too pleased by the groundswell, Ottoman authorities… Read More

The Yemeni Sisters Whose Video is Sweeping Across Israel and the Muslim World

The Israeli Sisters Whose Music Video is Sweeping Across the Arab World

By On March 23, 2015

On March 8, a music video uploaded to YouTube flew from the Israeli desert to Yemen and through the Middle East. Its three stars, sisters Tair, Liron and Tagel Haim (not to… Read More


See The Yiddish Paper Beloved by Polish Jewry Before the War

By On March 20, 2015

Looking for news from the provinces? A husband? Sholem Aleichem’s book tour schedule? Published between 1908 and 1939, Haynt (along with Der Moment) was one of the two widest-circulation, longest-running Yiddish newspapers in… Read More


Take a (Virtual) Trip to 19th-Century Jewish New Hampshire

By On March 19, 2015

  Many history lessons about the wave of Jewish immigrants between the 1890s and early 20th century revolve around urban neighborhoods like New York’s Lower East Side. But a digital exhibition arm of… Read More


How a Chocolate Bar Drove Israeli Women from the Polls

By On March 18, 2015

In the U.S., courting female voters involves plenty of silly political acrobatics in the name of women — including claiming, as one nameless presidential candidate once did, that you have binders full… Read More

The Gorgeous Newfangled Haggadah You Probably Want Right Now

The Jaw-Droppingly Gorgeous Haggadah You Probably Want Right Now

By On March 17, 2015

Asufa is an Israeli design collective. Each year, they collect a rowdy cadre of over 40 Israeli artists and they release a Passover haggadah. Each artist is given a different part of… Read More