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How the “Schindler of Iran” Saved Hundreds of Persian Jews

By On February 10, 2015

A dispatch from the annals of forgotten righteous gentiles: Abdol Hossein-Sardari, the Iranian Consul in Nazi-occupied France, saved hundreds of Iranian Jews from certain death with a heroic ingenuity worthy of his… Read More

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The Israeli Film That Adds a Dark Twist to a Coming-of-Age Tale

By On February 9, 2015

The dark coming-of-age feature film Princess follows a 12-year-old Israeli girl, Adar (Shira Haas), who is failing out of school and emotionally distant. Her overworked mother, Alma (Keren Mor), holds down double… Read More

Jew Town Road in Old Cochin, Kochi, India.
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Jew Town, India’s Forgotten Jewish Haven

By On February 6, 2015

“Jew Town” may sound like a real estate agent’s neighborhood re-branding mistake, but it is–or was–a real place. In the Indian city of Kochi, it earned its clumsy but fitting nickname in… Read More

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The Rising (Jewish) Star of Professional Boxing

By On February 5, 2015

A muskeljude of the modern era, Dustin Fleischer wants to fight with the weight of history on his back—and in his fists. The “White Tiger”—so dubbed for his background in martial arts—is… Read More

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A 1980s Classic That Turns Jewish American Princesses into Paper Dolls

By On February 4, 2015

The Official JAP Paper Doll Book is an artifact of bad taste and excellent value. Originally published in 1983, it is out of print but available via sellers like eBay; it boasts on… Read More

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How Israeli Soldiers Predicted the Current Conflict, Nearly 50 Years Ago

By On February 3, 2015

In June 1967, Egypt, Syria and Jordan attacked Israel on all sides. The young nation fought back and captured the Sinai Peninsula, West Bank, Gaza Strip and some of the Golan Heights.… Read More

"Hipster Hitler" Comedy Book: Too Soon?
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“Hipster Hitler” Comedy Book: Too Soon? Always Too Soon?

By On February 2, 2015

Jewish comedians from Mel Brooks to Sarah Silverman have turned the Third Reich into a punchline. Humor is tragedy plus time, Mark Twain famously quipped. But the Internet meme “Hipster Hitler” seems… Read More

The Jewish Woman Who May Have Discovered DNA
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The Jewish Woman Who May Have Discovered DNA

By On January 30, 2015

Rosalind Franklin – the “Dark Lady of DNA,” as one of her biographers put it—has long been viewed as one of 20th-century science’s great underdogs. Her role in discovering DNA’s structure was downplayed,… Read More

Adopting a Child, and Letting Go of Expectations
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Adopting a Child, and Letting Go of Expectations

By On January 29, 2015

It’s not easy raising a child, but when Claude Knobler and his wife adopted Nati, a five-year-old Ethiopian boy, they faced some unique challenges. Knobler met Nati, whose parents were dying of… Read More

How to Save Pakistan's Lone Jewish Cemetery
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How to Save Karachi, Pakistan’s Lone Jewish Cemetery

By On January 28, 2015

It might seem that the only Jews left in Pakistan are underground – in Karachi’s lone Jewish cemetery. But that’s not quite so. Faisal (Fishel) Benkhald, the son of a Muslim father and… Read More

Anti-Semitism Got You Down? Try the Magic Kippah.
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Anti-Semitism Got You Down? Try the Magic Kippah.

By On January 27, 2015

  Last week, the Associated Press reported that, in response to the increasing numbers of anti-Semitic attacks in Europe, an Israeli barber has designed yarmulkes that blend in with the wearer’s hair. Called… Read More

Night Will Fall
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Tonight! New Film Tells the Real Story Behind Hitchcock’s Holocaust Footage

By On January 26, 2015

For the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, there can be no better commemoration than Night Will Fall, a new documentary airing tonight on HBO. Masterfully directed by Andre Singer, Night Will… Read More