The Aryan Baby Who Wasn’t
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The Aryan Baby Who Wasn’t

By On July 14, 2014

Nazis. If it’s not one thing it’s another. In 1935, when the party held a national photo contest to find the most beautiful Aryan baby, Joseph Goebbels himself chose—wait for it—a Jewish child to represent the… Read More

Catch Elijah This Weekend—He Won't be Back for 21 Years
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Catch Elijah This Weekend—He Won’t be Back for 21 Years

By On July 11, 2014

This weekend most congregations outside of Israel will read a very special haftarah: the story of Elijah asking God to take his life. Because of the intricacies of the Jewish calendar, this haftarah is… Read More

How Not to Sell Christianity to the Jews
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How Not to Sell Christianity to the Jews

By On July 10, 2014

The name “London Jews’ Society” might conjure up images of proper Brits at a Hadassah meeting, or of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks (or maybe of a Fiddler on the Roof/Downton Abbey mash-up).… Read More

Single, Pregnant, and Rabbi
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Single, Pregnant, and Rabbi

By On July 9, 2014

Julie Greenberg was a single lesbian in Reconstructionist rabbinical school in the eighties, and she was ready to start a family. Eventually, Rabbi Greenberg found a sperm donor, and got pregnant. She ended up having three… Read More

Kosher Locusts For Pakistan
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Kosher Locusts For Pakistan

By On July 8, 2014

It might be old hat that some varieties of locusts—those hair-raising Passover pests—are kosher. But would you ever think they were a solution for malnutrition? Jewish Pakistani Fishel Benkhald has a simple—and surprisingly crunchy—solution for how… Read More

The Holocaust Play Too Scandalous for the American Stage
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The Holocaust Play Too Scandalous for the American Stage

By On July 7, 2014

When you think of secret diaries from World War II, your first thought is probably Anne Frank. But there’s a much stranger and darker text that most people don’t know about—the diary of… Read More

Seeking Independence From an Oyster-Filled Marriage?
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Seeking Independence from an Oyster-Filled Marriage?

By On July 4, 2014

So was a Mr. Max Moss of Binghamton, NY when he sought an annulment from his wife on the grounds that she was not sufficiently Orthodox. His claim? She “tried to force him to… Read More

How to Score a Yiddish Date in 1940s NYC
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How to Score a Yiddish Date in 1940s NYC

By On July 3, 2014

Long before JDate parodies, Yiddish cinema was poking fun of Jewish assimilation, values both “traditional” and “American,” and the desire to settle down, or, at least, get a date. Amerikaner Shadkhn (American Matchmaker), made in… Read More

The Jew Behind the Monokini
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The Jew Behind the Monokini

By On July 2, 2014

It can’t be said that the Nazis launched many fashion careers, but when, after the Anschluss, Hitler banned nudity in buff-loving Austria, a young Rudi Gernreich may have taken note. Gernreich, who would become famous as the inventor… Read More

The Most Innovative Judaica We've Ever Seen
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The Most Innovative Judaica We’ve Ever Seen

By On July 1, 2014

A tie made out of an old tallit. An oil chanukiyah made out of repurposed light bulbs. A yad for reading the Torah made to look like a pixelated mouse icon for… Read More

Good News: All-of-a-Kind Family is Back!
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Good News: All-of-a-Kind Family is Back!

By On June 30, 2014

All-of-a-Kind Family, the mid-century classic Sydney Taylor children’s series of Lower East Side literature, is back! And not in an “Oh how awful, they tarted up 80’s kid favorite Strawberry Shortcake” kind… Read More

The Swedish Nazi Film You'll Want to See
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The Swedish Nazi Film You’ll Want to See

By On June 27, 2014

In The Last Sentence, by Swedish director Jan Troell, journalist and former theologian Torgny Segerstedt asks a variation on the old question “If a tree falls and no one is around to… Read More

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