The Aussie Folk Guitarist Who Combines Dylan With Carlebach
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The Aussie Folk Guitarist Who Combines Dylan With Carlebach

By On December 10, 2014

Moshe Hendel Feiglin, the lead singer and guitarist of the Australian folk band Feter Hendel, had an old Shlomo Carlebach song, a nigun, that was stuck in his head. He’d heard it… Read More

Nora Ephron + Lena Dunham = Love
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Nora Ephron + Lena Dunham = Love

By On December 9, 2014

The Jewish Women’s Archive Power Couples series matches members of the older generation with their successors in the new. Comedy writer-directors Nora Ephron (z”l) and Lena Dunham. Scientist/screen stars Hedy Lamarr and Mayim Bialik.… Read More

The Only Susan Sontag Documentary You’ll Ever Need to See
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The Only Susan Sontag Documentary You’ll Ever Need to See

By On December 8, 2014

“I didn’t feel I was expressing myself—I was taking part in a noble activity,” Susan Sontag recalls in an interview, describing her childhood urge to write. A new HBO documentary, Regarding Susan… Read More

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A Biblical Soap Opera Gets Its Primetime Debut

By On December 5, 2014

  If you love Bible stories for their soap-opera grade drama, you’ll swoon over adaptions of said stories that make them even juicier. Take, for example, Anita Diamant’s The Red Tent, a… Read More

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A New Use for IDF Bullets: Ear Cleaners

By On December 4, 2014

It’s nothing new that many medical breakthroughs have been precipitated by people trying weird things: chewing bark, drinking from pools of quinine. But an Israeli startup, Otic-Pharma, owes its most recent great… Read More

A 1938 Family Film Uncovers a Lost World
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A 1938 Family Film Uncovers a Lost World

By On December 3, 2014

It’s rare that vacation photos elicit more than a yawn, and it’s certainly unusual to find anything as riveting as the 16mm reel Glenn Kurtz uncovered while sifting through a cardboard box… Read More

How Does Abraham Always Get Away With It?
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How Does Abraham Always Get Away With It?

By On December 2, 2014

The binding of Isaac is classic Old Testament. You know the story: God asks Abraham to sacrifice Isaac on Mount Moriah. Abraham agrees, but just before the knife falls God intervenes, saying, “Now… Read More

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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

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