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Discover the Jewish Cemetery Inside the General Motors Plant

By On December 30, 2014

Oddly enough, one of the oldest Jewish cemeteries in the Midwest shares space with a car manufacturer. In the 1860s, congregants of Shaarey Zedek in Metro Detroit, acquired land for a cemetery, which… Read More

The Book of the All-Virtuous Wisdom of Joshua Ben Sira
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Ben Sira, The Prophet Who Wasn’t One

By On December 29, 2014

Believe it or not, the fact that the prophet Jeremiah is both Ben Sira’s father and grandfather is not the weirdest thing about him. Yup–according to apocrypha, evil men forced Jeremiah to… Read More

Hitler in the Amazon
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Hitler in the Amazon

By On December 26, 2014

Hitler is alive and well, if not a bit wrinkled, and he’s living in the Amazon jungle thirty years after the end of the Holocaust. Who better than a group of Jewish… Read More

What Kind of Nice Jewish Boy Writes a Book About Santa Claus?
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What Kind of Nice Jewish Boy Writes a Book About Santa Claus?

By On December 25, 2014

One day, Eric Kaplan’s son’s playdate to the zoo was canceled by his friend’s mother. It was almost Christmas, and the mother, knowing that Kaplan’s son didn’t believe in Santa, didn’t want… Read More

Christmas Eve Music for the Whole Mishpucha
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Christmas Eve Music for the Whole Mishpucha

By On December 24, 2014

Are you struggling with holiday music choices for your interfaith family? Or perhaps you’re a closet carol-loving Jew, like Bob Dylan. Or a non-denominational December-loving person who will poke his eye out… Read More

The 1920s: When Gandhi Was a Yiddish-Speaking Puppet
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Meet Mohandas Gandhi, The Yiddish-Speaking Puppet

By On December 23, 2014

Who was the Jon Stewart of the Lower East Side in the 1920s and 30s? It just may have been Modicut, a satirical, leftist Yiddish puppet theater troupe (the only one of… Read More

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The ______ [adj] Inventor of Mad Libs

By On December 22, 2014

Writer and producer Leonard Stern was __________ [adv] in need of an adjective, so he asked his friend Roger Price. Before he could tell Price what the subject was, Price threw out… Read More

A Partisan Heroine for the Ages
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A Partisan Heroine for the Ages

By On December 19, 2014

Legendary, selfless, with a spirit inextinguishable, Vitka Kempner-Kovner is a Jewish hero for the history books. Claiming that she would “not be humiliated” after witnessing the brutality of the SS in her home… Read More

The Israeli Novel That’s Hard to Believe Was Ever Taught in Schools
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It’s Hard to Believe This Novel Was Ever Taught in Israeli Schools

By On December 18, 2014

The conscientious literature of conflict is a modernist genre: novels like All Quiet on the Western Front privilege the individual’s psychic experience of war over the distant, glorious narrative of a nation’s… Read More

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The 19th-Century Lesbian Writer Who Met a Tragic End

By On December 17, 2014

The challenges and rewards facing the female entrepreneur, the depiction of same-sex love, and a critique of the materialist values of affluent Jewish society—these contemporary themes got an early, gripping treatment long… Read More

How Mah-Jongg Became Jewish
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How Mah-Jongg Became Jewish

By On December 12, 2014

How did a game that graced ancient Chinese tables (in the company, some posit, of Confucius) come to grace contemporary Jewish tables (in the company, perhaps, of babka and Slivovitz)? While books,… Read More

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The German Jewish Director With a Magic Touch

By On December 11, 2014

Like déjà vu, or the uncanny ache of nostalgia, there is something very particular about Ernst Lubitsch‘s films. The Jewish German director was known for many things—for being Hollywood’s most elegant director,… Read More

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