Looking Back On a Crazy Childhood On The Road

November 22, 2013
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Today, Joshua Safran (not to be confused with Joshua Foer and his brother) is an ordinary guy and an observant Jew, married with kids, a civil rights lawyer. But Safran’s childhood—the subject of his new memoir Free Spirit: Growing Up on the Road and off the Grid—was wild, and occasionally deeply disturbing. At 10, he…

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Israeli Zombies Hit the Big Screen

November 21, 2013
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When an Israeli Defense Forces special ops unit heads to Lebanon to capture a Hezbollah leader, they’re expecting trouble. But not in the form they find it. Welcome to Cannon Fodder, Israel’s first-ever zombie movie. The 94-minute film (in Hebrew and English, with English subtitles), which began as the BFA thesis of friends Eitan Gafny and…

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Hitler’s Jewish Psychic

November 20, 2013
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“I see victory for you. It cannot be stopped.” In 1932, these words were spoken to Adolf Hitler one year before he became Reischschancellor of Germany. The man who spoke them was a famous clairvoyant, popular for his astrology charts and hypnotism. He was also a Jew. Erik Jan Hanussen met with Hitler dozens…

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Cool, Kitschy Hanukkah Gifts 2013

November 19, 2013
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Happy Hanukkah, Jewniverse! Check out our wacky, kitschy Hanukkah gift picks for 2013. Don’t all go rush the internet at once now. This “Love, peace, and latke grease” t-shirt inspires us to get our hands a little dirty on Hanukkah. Fry up a batch of latkes and welcome your guests in this shirt. Get…

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The Screw-y, Filthy World of Al Goldstein

November 18, 2013
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The lives of some sex peddlers are just made for Hollywood. Larry Flynt: check. Hugh Hefner: coming soon. Al Goldstein? Not quite yet. While some goyishe porn pushers tried to pass off orgies as art—we’re thinking of you, Bob Guccione—Goldstein’s Screw magazine, a tabloid-style porn rag popular in the 1970s, was more in-your-face. It was raunchy,…

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What Do You Buy the Children of the Terrorist Who Tried to Kill Your Wife?

November 15, 2013
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In 2002, David Harris-Gershon and his wife, Jamie, had traveled across the world to study at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem. When a bomb went off in the Hebrew University cafeteria where Jamie was eating one day, the scope of Harris-Gershon’s learning expanded unexpectedly and dramatically. His effort to process his wife’s trauma—and his own—is…

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The Battle of the Montreal Bagel

November 14, 2013
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If you think of New York as the North American bagel capital, chances are you’re not Canadian. Among Canadians, anyway, Montreal is renowned for a bagel of its own: small, sweet and available piping-hot 24-7 from the two most famous bagel outposts in town—and classically coated with a thick layer of sesame…

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The Magical Ba’al Shem of London

November 13, 2013
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Rabbi, kabbalist, alchemist, sorcerer. The CV of Rabbi Dr. Hayyim Samuel Jacob Falk, otherwise known as the Ba’al Shem of London, boasts no shortage of extraordinary feats. Born in 1708 somewhere in Europe (sources point to either Bavaria or present-day Ukraine), the Ba’al Shem of London was known to keep a magic trick or two up his…

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A 1980s Gay Boy and his Jewish Bubbes

November 12, 2013
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In Alvin Orloff’s novel Gutterboys—written in 2004, but set in the punk fever of the early 1980s—Jeremy Rabinowitz is a shy 19-year-old Jewish kid desperate to fit in with the gay Manhattan avant-garde….or to just find a boyfriend who’ll love him forever. Unfortunately, the best he can manage is to sneak into dance…

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The Other Kabbalah-Loving L.A. Musician

November 11, 2013
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LA-based singer-songwriter Mikey Pauker’s inspirations come from across the map. From contemporary pop music to Jewish liturgy, hasidut, kabbalah, and his own Jewish experiences, Pauker skillfully combines upbeat folk songs with classical Jewish texts. Check out, for instance, “Hinei Mah Tov,” but beware: the infectious “Eeoohh!” hook will be stuck in your head for the rest…

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The Mousy Museum Lady Who Documented Nazi Crimes

November 8, 2013
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Earlier this week, Bavarian authorities confirmed that in 2012 a German art dealer’s son was found with 1400 art works confiscated during World War II. The pieces, including some by Chagall and Matisse, are valued at over $1 billion. Wondering how so much artwork could be lost for so long? The 2006 documentary The Rape of…

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Kosher Pajamas and Cosmetic Surgery in Ritzy Tel Aviv

November 7, 2013
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What do cosmetic shoulder blade surgery, flak jackets made of spider silk, high-end shopping sprees as a stage of grief, and The Twilight Zone‘s Rod Serling have in common? Nothing, perhaps, but their convergence in Textile, a newly translated novel by celebrated Israeli writer Orly Castel-Bloom. Published in Hebrew in 2006, Textile features the quintessentially 21st-century coping…

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