Young Polish Women Discovering Their Jewish Roots
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Young Polish Women Discovering Their Jewish Roots

By On November 12, 2014

All the talk about Jewish cultural revival in Poland has people asking: What’s it like to be Jewish in Poland today? How do young Jews relate to their religion, to Israel, to each other?The Return,… Read More

The Jewish Pueblo Chief: Now on the Silver Screen!
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The Jewish Pueblo Chief: Now on the Silver Screen!

By On November 11, 2014

So you saw A Million Ways to Die in the West but were a little miffed at the lack of Yiddish accents and that Sarah Silverman didn’t name-check utopian Jewish separatist Mordecai Manuel Noah? Luckily,… Read More

Muslim Enemy of the Reich
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Muslim Enemy of the Reich

By On November 10, 2014

At a time when stories of Muslim-Jewish unity are far and few between comes the story of a Muslim woman who went undercover to fight the Nazis in occupied France. Noorunissa Inayat Khan was born… Read More

The Filmmaker And the Hasid Who Met on Craigslist
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The Filmmaker And the Hasid Who Met on Craigslist

By On November 7, 2014

When filmmaker Annie Berman posted an ad in the Craigslist “strictly platonic” section, she was looking for someone to give her some insight into the eruv in Williamsburg, Brooklyn for a project she was researching. When… Read More

Meet Saul Kripke, The Smartest Jew In Philosophy
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Meet Saul Kripke, The Smartest Jew In Philosophy

By On November 6, 2014

The philosopher and logician Saul Kripke is a pretty smart guy, though you'd probably have to be if you taught yourself ancient Hebrew by six, read all of Shakespeare by nine, and… Read More

The Legend of the Jews' Arrival in Poland
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The Legend of the Jews’ Arrival in Poland

By On November 5, 2014

Legend has it that when the first Jews reached what is now Poland, driven from the west by Crusades, they saw the word “Polin,” or “Poland” in Yiddish, written on a tree.… Read More

The Artist Who Turned Destroyed Polish Shuls Into Great Modern Art
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The Artist Who Turned Destroyed Polish Shuls Into Great Modern Art

By On November 4, 2014

Declaring “what you see is what you see” superstar artist Frank Stella (b. 1936) made a name for himself painting minimalist flat black canvases, until a book on the development of the Polish wooden synagogue… Read More

Ga-ga, The Israeli Dodgeball
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Ga-ga, The Israeli Dodgeball

By On November 3, 2014

  When New York dance studios began offering Gaga classes, some people asked, “Wait, you need to go to a class to learn Ga-ga?” You can forgive them for the confusion, but in Israel,… Read More

King Saul and the Witch of Endor
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King Saul and the Witch of Endor

By On October 31, 2014

In honor of Halloween, today’s installment of Stories From the Back of the Bible is the controversial tale of the Witch of Endor, featuring Saul, the handsome but historically inept first king of Israel. For years,… Read More

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Heartbreaking Home Videos From the Old Country

By On October 30, 2014

We tend to think of early 20th-century Jewish migration as a one-way street. But a New York City exhibition shows a different story—in film.Between the wars, some of those emigres traveled back to Europe… Read More

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The Ancient Rabbi’s Secret Diary

By On October 29, 2014

Some people fill their diaries with secrets and desires, others with the details of nighttime angel rendezvous.In 1646, such a diary appeared. Titled the Maggid Mesharim, or “Preacher of Righteousness,” the odd and mystical… Read More

The Young Israeli Poet In Palestinian Drag
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The Young Israeli Poet In Palestinian Drag

By On October 28, 2014

Growing up in Tel Aviv, Morani Kornberg-Weiss only encountered the poetry of Mahmoud Darwish, Palestine’s national poet, by chance. As a “voice from the other side,” Darwish seemed to speak to her… Read More

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