The Oath of Many Humiliations
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The Oath of Many Humiliations

By On January 15, 2015

As all Jews know, there’s a vibrant and creative history of all the ways in which we have been persecuted. Contributing to this lovely list is the Oath More Judaico (Latin for “on/by the… Read More

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Play Israeli Youths’ Hilarious New “Push the Bibi” Video Game!

By On January 14, 2015

In the age of the political gaffe, how could Israeli PM Bibi Netanyahu’s now-notorious push to the front of the memorial march in Paris last week not turn heads? Fellow Israelis did a… Read More

The Only Kosher Butcher Shop in Cuba
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The Only Kosher Butcher in Cuba

By On January 13, 2015

For the kashrut-observant Cuban, there’s only one place to go for a piece of meat. Situated on Acosta Street in Old Havana is Cuba’s sole kosher butcher shop. For nearly 70 years,… Read More

Yiddish Theater Takes the Web!
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Yiddish Theater Takes the Web

By On January 12, 2015

Want to know about Yiddish theatre in Cairo? What about Buenos Aires, or the more familiar territory of New York’s Lower East Side? Good news: In these times of freezing temperatures and… Read More

What do you Get When You Cross a Hipster and a Neo-Nazi?
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What do you Get When You Cross a Neo-Nazi and a Hipster?

By On January 9, 2015

Hello, Nipster. As the neo-Nazi movement in Germany continues to shrink, some of the country’s extremists are trying to shed their intimidating skinhead image to appeal to a younger generation. That means… Read More

The First Jew Scalped for America
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The First Jew Scalped for America

By On January 8, 2015

Francis Salvador was a man of firsts. Salvador was born in 1747 to the wealthy Sephardic owners of a shipping firm. Struggling to rebuild their fortune after an earthquake in Lisbon destroyed much… Read More

The Jewish Werewolf Who Never Was
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Argentinian President Saves Jewish Boy from Becoming a Werewolf

By On January 7, 2015

Two weeks ago, Argentinian president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner adopted the country’s first Jewish godson – Yair Tawil – in order to keep him from turning into a werewolf. Some news outlets challenged… Read More

LA's First Jew
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L.A.’s First Jew

By On January 6, 2015

There are more than half a million Jews in Los Angeles, making up roughly six percent of the metro area’s population. When did it all begin? Who was the first Angeleno Jew?… Read More

When Maurice Sendak and Tony Kushner Staged a Holocaust Opera
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When Maurice Sendak and Tony Kushner Staged a Holocaust Opera

By On January 5, 2015

In 1938, Jewish Czech composer Hans Krása penned the children’s opera Brundibar—“bumblebee” in colloquial Czech—for a government competition. But it wasn’t exactly a good time for art. Though early rehearsals took place at… Read More

Little White Lie
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Little White Lie

By On January 2, 2015

Lacey Schwartz didn’t set out to be a filmmaker, but a story too personal to ignore dropped in her lap. Little White Lie is her documentary film about her family history, secrets, and ultimately… Read More

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2015 Looking Like an Anti-Semitic Year? Take Two And Call Us in the Morning.

By On January 1, 2015

What’s in your first aid kit? Bandages, check; thermometer, check; rubbing alcohol, check; protection against anti-Semitism – hold on a sec. In 2014, France was stymied by a mass exodus of Jews… Read More

Getting Back Home Tonight, The Yiddish Way
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Getting Back Home Tonight, The Yiddish Way

By On December 31, 2014

It’s New Years Eve, and after all those rounds of champagne, the last place you’ll want to be tonight is behind the steering wheel, right? Of course, there are apps like Uber,… Read More