Erotica That Only a Jewish Mother Can Love
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Erotica for the Kosher Set

By On March 3, 2015

By the frum, for the frum, Shosha Pearl writes the sexiest—and possibly only—erotica completely permissible by traditional Jewish law. Shosha Pearl is a pen name. Her stories, all set in the Orthodox… Read More

Israel's “Aya” Didn’t Nab an Oscar, But We Still Love It
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Israel’s “Aya” Didn’t Nab an Oscar, But We Still Love It

By On March 2, 2015

  Israel had one entry in the 2015 Academy Awards: Aya, a quirky 39-minute movie in the Best Live Action Short category. It was beat out by the British film The Phone… Read More

A New Film About an Endangered Species: The Jewish Deli
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A New Film About an Endangered Species: The Jewish Deli

By On February 27, 2015

  There’s something about the Jewish deli. Every bite into piping hot pastrami and corned beef, kreplach and goulash, is a step back in time. In the 20th century, the gastronomic traditions… Read More

It's 1933: Calling All Jewish Doctors to Istanbul!
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It’s 1933: Calling All Jewish Doctors to Istanbul!

By On February 26, 2015

  In the 17th century, the Ottoman Empire was known as the “sick man of Europe.” When, after World War I, Kemal Mustafa Ataturk helped inaugurate the republic of Turkey, becoming its… Read More

Go Through the Drawers of a 1930s Polish Jewish Kitchen
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The New Site That Lets You Snoop Around an Old Polish Jewish Kitchen

By On February 25, 2015

Have you ever wanted to step into the past? Not into a famous battle, or a momentous event, but into someone else’s home, to be able to see how that person lived… Read More

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Why the Original Dodge Logo Was a Jewish Star

By On February 24, 2015

In 1900, Horace Elgin Dodge and John Francis Dodge founded the Dodge Brothers Company. The brothers were not Jewish, but their original logo looked a lot like the Star of David. It… Read More

Mindblowing Israeli Hip-Hop that Explodes the Hebrew Alphabet
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Meet Victoria Hanna, The Israeli Hip-Hop Artist Who’ll Blow Your Mind

By On February 23, 2015

  There’s a video that’s been making the Internet rounds this past week of Israeli vocal artist Victoria Hanna’s strange and captivating new song. In the video for “Aleph-bet (Hosha’ana)”, she’s dressed… Read More

The Refugee Scholars Who Went From German Universities Straight to the Black South
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The Refugee Scholars Who Went From German Universities Straight to the Black South

By On February 20, 2015

  All this week, Jewniverse is honoring Black History Month with some of our favorite stories from the archives. The story of American Jews working with Southern blacks is well known. But the story of Southern… Read More

Nina Simone Sings Milk & Honey
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When Nina Simone Sang a Zionist Standard

By On February 19, 2015

Few songs capture the feeling of a people in exile like “Eretz Zavat Halav.” Taken from a biblical passage, it speaks of Israel’s abundant natural produce (milk and honey, especially), from the perspective… Read More

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How Martin Luther King, Jr. Inspired a Passover Seder

By On February 18, 2015

All this week, Jewniverse is honoring Black History Month with some of our favorite stories from the archives. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated just eight days before Passover in 1968. Among those grieving his… Read More

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The Jewish Songwriter Behind Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit”

By On February 17, 2015

All this week, Jewniverse is honoring Black History Month with some of our favorite stories from the archives. The song “Strange Fruit,” one of the most haunting jazz ballads of the past century,… Read More

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The 1938 Jazz Concert That Changed Black and Jewish History

By On February 16, 2015

All this week, Jewniverse is honoring Black History Month with some of our favorite stories from the archives. When Benny Goodman, the Jewish clarinetist and so-called “King of Swing” took center stage at Carnegie… Read More