The Surprisingly Wide World of Hasidic Fashion

November 29, 2013
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Have you ever noticed the difference between one Hasid’s hat and another? Michael Levin hadn’t either—until he moved to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in 2007 and met his new neighbors. Levin, who was raised secular, was fascinated by the astounding 19th-century stylings of the Hasidic community, and set out to both understand and capture…

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Yiddish Theater for the Kindergarten Set

November 28, 2013
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A late-in-life career change isn’t so unusual. A mathematician who devotes his life to klezmer music. A full-time mom who starts her own business. But even in that context, what Betty Rosenberg Perlov has done is pretty unusual. Or, we should say, when she’s done it. Perlov just published her first book. At age 96.…

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The Secret History of Hanukkah

November 27, 2013
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Everything your Hebrew school taught you about the miracle of Hanukkah is a lie. According to the Book of Maccabees, which most scholars believe was written shortly after the Maccabean revolt, Hanukkah was born of another holiday: Sukkot. When the Maccabees finally retook the Temple in the month of Kislev, they decided to celebrate Sukkot, the…

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“All I Want for Thanksgivukkah is Jews” Mariah Carey Parody

November 26, 2013
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DISCLAIMER: This video is rated MW for Meshugganah Writers, OS for off-key singing, and ES for excessive schmaltziness. Intrigued? With a lot of chutzpah and a little shtick, a group of four coworkers got into the spirit of Thanksgivukkah and created an adorable spoof of “All I want for Christmas”…

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The Next Best Jewish Idea

November 26, 2013
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Is a thousand bucks all it would take to launch your great Jewish idea into a great Jewish project? If so, take heart. A new initiative from the Schusterman Philanthropic Network is offering up to 50 grants of $1000 each to fund a wide variety of projects that will have an impact on Jewish…

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Etgar Keret’s “Shiva Tour”

November 25, 2013
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When Etgar Keret was in the IDF, he gave his first short story to his brother to read while they walked the dog. “It’s beautiful, really moving,” his brother responded. “Do you have another copy?” Yes, said Etgar, and his brother bent down to pick up the dog’s feces with…

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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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