Video: Hasidic Boy Wins Chinese Dance-Off

January 23, 2013
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However did we miss this? Does anyone know who this boy is, and how he made it to this dance contest in Shenzen, China? We would really like to know.

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The Other Avishai Cohen

January 23, 2013
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In the vibrant and tight-knit world of jazz music, there is only one Miles Davis, one Ella Fitzgerald, and one Wynton Marsalis. But there are two Avishai Cohens, both of them successful, and both of them Israeli. Fortunately, they play different instruments: one Cohen’s on the trumpet, the other sticks…

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Art from Jewish Chernobyl

January 22, 2013
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In the centuries before the catastrophic 1986 nuclear disaster, the Ukrainian city of Chernobyl was the site of a vibrant Jewish community. German Jewish artist Marion Kahnemann recently created a mixed-media series depicting the Chernobyl region and its Jewish past. “Hinter dem rücken der Zeit” (“Behind the Back of Time” – exhibit PDF here) is…

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Black White & Jewish

January 21, 2013
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Rebecca Leventhal Walker was born in Jackson, Mississippi in 1969. Her mother, famed black author Alice Walker and her father, Jewish lawyer Mel Leventhal, met at the height of the Civil Rights Movement. In her memoir Black, White and Jewish Walker poignantly describes a childhood split between two worlds, particularly after her parents’ divorce:…

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Video: A Jew Touches Ham

January 18, 2013
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Stand-up comic Aaron Glaser‘s mystifying take on kashrut and the survival of the Jewish people:

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Les Misérables, With a Holocaust Twist

January 18, 2013
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Have you seen Les Misérables? Remember the scene where the hero rescues the Jewish family by driving them out of Nazi-occupied Paris? Oh wait—doesn’t ring a bell? Wrong Les Miz. Victor Hugo’s classic novel has lived many lives, and only one of them is Jewish: The 1995 French film, which recasts the story in…

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Klezmer in Jerusalem

January 17, 2013
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O, Jerusalem! Jewish culture capital of the world, where klezmer music wafts through the air like simmering cholent…Right? Well, not exactly. In a city teeming with even more Russian than Yiddish, and where shopping malls attract more visitors than music venues, there’s only one place to experience klezmer performed by musicians who look…

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Video: Fake Hasids, Real Hasids

January 16, 2013
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Hollywood has long been fascinated with Hasidic Jews. From A Stranger Among Us (1992) to New York I Love You (2009)—featuring Natalie Portman as a Satmar wife—to Madonna’s most recent film W.E. (2011), it’s not like we haven’t seen the ultra-orthodox on the big screen before. But none of those glittery final cuts can compare to this behind-the-scenes video, which…

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The “Yeah, Yeah” Philosopher

January 15, 2013
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Few have better embodied the intersection between rabbinical thought and Western philosophy  as well as the late American philosopher and ordained rabbi Sidney Morgenbesser (1921-2004). Morgenbesser’s academic focus may have been on the humanities, but he was best known for his whip-smart humor and wit. One of his most famous retorts involves a lecture…

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The “Kosher Convert” Cooking Show

January 14, 2013
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The world of kosher cooking is an ever-expanding one, filled with textures and flavors far beyond the confines of our bubbes’ kitchens. The newest addition to this world is the Kosher Convert, an online cooking series created by Jew-by-choice Ashira Ungar-Sargon and her husband Eliyahu. In the premiere episode (“Chanukah Beignets”),…

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Hava Nagila: The Movie

January 11, 2013
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Your wedding or bar/bat mitzvah party may have featured the finest smoked fish platters, raucous klezmer, and exuberant dancing your town had to offer, but it probably didn’t feel complete until Hava Nagila played. Award-winning filmmaker Roberta Grossman started to wonder why that is. Fittingly, Hava Nagila: The Movie opens at a Jewish wedding…

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On The Chocolate Trail

January 10, 2013
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Several years ago, in a small chocolate shop in Paris, Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz chanced upon a pamphlet claiming that Jews had brought chocolate to France following their expulsion from Spain. It was an intriguing and plausible notion, but was it true? The resulting investigation culminated in Prinz’s new book On the Chocolate Trail, which…

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