How Mother’s Day Came to Israel

By On May 9, 2014

On November 14, 1951, an 11-year-old girl named Nechama Frankel wrote to the children’s newspaper Haaretz Shelanu suggesting that Israel adopt the American holiday known as Mother’s Day. The editors agreed, and Israel has been… Read More


The Yiddish Writer and the Siberian Exile

By On May 7, 2014

All manner of genius can be found in the shrouded annals of Soviet Jewish history. Born Pinkhes Kahanovitsch in 1884 Ukraine, Der Nister—the nom de plume meaning “The Hidden One”—was a widely underappreciated Yiddish writer… Read More


The Greatest Soviet Jewish Artist You Never Heard Of

By On May 5, 2014

In a climate that spawned heavyweights like Marc Chagall, Sholem Aleichem, Irving Berlin, and Isaacs Asimov and Babel, it’s no surprise there were yet other Soviet-era Jewish artists who evaded mainstream recognition. El Lissitzky is one such fellow. A… Read More


The Israeli Left Calls Home

By On May 2, 2014

What if there was a cutting-edge news site that delved into thorny social and political issues in the place you live, covering subjects that no one else covers, with writers you’d love… Read More


A Polish Nun Finds Her Jewish Roots

By On May 1, 2014

What happens when a young Polish aspiring nun learns about her Jewish past? Set in the early 1960s in the Polish countryside, Pawel Pawlikowski‘s newest film Ida, opening in select theaters tomorrow, explores one… Read More


The Quirky Film That’s Saving an Italian Synagogue

By On April 30, 2014

A new indie Italian comedy will change the way you look at Jewish cemeteries forever—not to mention that boot-shaped country by the sea. Based on a true family story, Felice Nel Box by first-time director Ghila Valabrega begins… Read More


Scrolling Through a Mysterious Polish Shtetl

By On April 29, 2014

Looking to get away but don’t want to deal with the logistics of flights, or well, traveling? Luckily for you, you can now transport yourself to an old, mysterious shtetl named Radzyn hidden deep… Read More


When Dr. Mengele Moved to Argentina

By On April 28, 2014

When Adolf Eichmann was captured by the Mossad in Argentina, it made headlines all over the world. Eichmann was the biggest name to be captured, but Josef Mengele, Auschwitz’s infamous Dr. Death, was hiding… Read More


On Loving and Hating the Pope

By On April 25, 2014

John Paul II: interfaith advocate, sometime-supporter of Israel, and, soon, saint. Born Karol Wojtyła in Wadowice, Poland, in 1920, John Paul II was the first pope to officially visit a synagogue. He… Read More


A Love for Flavor, Straight from the IDF

By On April 24, 2014

During his stint in the Israeli Defense Forces  Lior Lev Sercarz was once responsible for frying 200 pieces of schnitzel on a propane stove while Lebanese rockets flew overhead. Perhaps because he got his start cooking… Read More


Jew and WASP, in 20th-Century Manhattan

By On April 23, 2014

Joanna Hershon’s fervently readable new novel, A Dual Inheritance, follows friends of different ethnicities and classes as they swerve through the awkwardness of adolescence into the complexity of middle age. Like Rich Boy, The Interestings,… Read More


Martha Stewart and the Case of the WASPy Matzah

By On April 18, 2014

Poor Martha Stewart. A few years ago she wasn’t invited to a Passover seder. Never one to miss an opportunity to participate in a lavish meal, Stewart—though not a Jew herself—wanted to keep… Read More

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