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A Hilarious New Film About Israel’s Women Soldiers

By On December 1, 2014

Bleakly funny, poignant, and timely, Zero Motivation is Israel’s answer to beloved war send-ups like M*A*S*H and Stripes. Though where those productions deflect reality in favor of slapstick, Zero Motivation address the grittiness head-on, but… Read More

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When Colonists Thought the Indians Were Lost Jews

By On November 27, 2014

Looking at Jews and Native Americans side by side, you might think there’s no way to mix up the two cultures. Yarmulkes and eagle-feather headdresses look quite different, after all. But some early colonial Americans thought,… Read More

The 1975 Jewish Celebrity Cookbook That Only a Turkey Could Hate
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The 1975 Celebrity Kosher Cookbook That Only a Turkey Could Hate

By On November 26, 2014

We love it when celebrities share their favorite recipes with us. But we have to say, modern celeb/chefs like Jessica Seinfeld and even our beloved Mayim can’t hold a candle to the… Read More

The Surprisingly Jewish History of Club Med
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The Surprisingly Jewish History of Club Med

By On November 25, 2014

People ask a lot of their vacations these days, from weight loss to spiritual fulfillment. For two groups of entrepreneurial Jews in the post-war era, vacation seemed an opportunity to give people… Read More

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The Controversial Israeli Poet Who Was Almost Overlooked

By On November 24, 2014

“…by the power of my yearnings/ I am in the family./ And if I will not yearn,/ I am not in the family.” So wrote Avot Yeshurun (1904-1992), an Israeli poet who… Read More

Gehazi The Unfairly Punished
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Gehazi The Unfairly Punished

By On November 21, 2014

Part 4 of 4 in this week’s “How a Jew Gets Screwed for Eternity” series. Poor Gehazi. Sure, he wasn’t a nice guy. Callous, avaricious, a bit of a jerk. But was he… Read More

Doeg the Edomite (and Priest Slayer)
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Doeg the Edomite (and Priest Slayer)

By On November 20, 2014

Part 3 of 4 in this week’s “How a Jew Gets Screwed for Eternity” series.  Doeg wasn’t simply King Saul’s chief herdsman. The notorious Edomite has been regarded by rabbis as one of… Read More

Ahitophel, King David’s Divine Betrayer
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Ahitophel, King David’s Divine Betrayer

By On November 19, 2014

Part 2 of 4 in this week’s “How a Jew Gets Screwed for Eternity” series.  Counselor and confidant to King David, Ahitophel was a wise man. He used his supernatural access to divine… Read More

Evil Balaam and His Talking Donkey
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Evil Balaam and His Talking Donkey

By On November 18, 2014

Part 1 of 4 in this week’s “How a Jew Gets Screwed for Eternity” series.  It’s the end of Numbers and the Israelites are wrapping up 40 years of serious wandering, during… Read More

How a Jew Gets Screwed for Eternity
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How a Jew Gets Screwed for Eternity

By On November 17, 2014

If you’re a Jew, here’s what happens when you die: If you’re good, you get your share in Olam Ha’ba, the World to Come. If you’re not, you get Gehenna. Purgatory-like and… Read More

The Warsaw Yiddish Theater Takes America
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The Warsaw Yiddish Theater Takes America

By On November 14, 2014

Starting in the early 1950s, the Polish government began funding Jewish culture to preserve and promote what little Yiddish culture remained in the country. That includes the Ester Rachel and Ida Kaminska State Jewish Theater from… Read More

The Great Jewish Muralist of Los Angeles
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The Great Jewish Muralist of Los Angeles

By On November 13, 2014

  The oldest Jewish congregation in Los Angeles, Wilshire Boulevard Temple, has an elaborate mural that encircles the main sanctuary. Beginning with Genesis and ending in 1929, when the mural was commissioned, it tells the… Read More

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