Ad D’lo Yada Between This Way, That Way, Or That

February 22, 2013
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amir-benayoun

You may be familiar with ad d’lo yada, the Aramaic term for the Purim tradition of drinking so much you can’t distinguish between the Purim story’s hero, Mordecai, and its villain, Haman. What you are likely not familiar with is Israeli musician Amir Benayoun and his plaintive song of the same name, which describes a…

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Unterzakhn: The Graphic Novel

February 21, 2013
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unterzakhn

In the beginning, there was the Lower East Side – the place where it all began for hundreds of thousands of Eastern European Jews. Crowded, dirty, poor. Home to more hopes and tragedies than should ever be squeezed into two square miles. Author-artist Leela Corman perfectly captures the tumult and heartbreak of the neighborhood…

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Bernard Malamud, The Clumsy Teenage Writer

February 20, 2013
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bernard-malamud

Before he wrote The Fixer and won the Pulitzer Prize, Bernard Malamud, like so many before him, was a humble high school student who submitted an essay to the Scholastic Art and Writing Award for teenagers. Unlike so many before him, he won. Published in 1932, the essay — about working in his father’s grocery store —…

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Video: A Millenial Becomes a Man

February 19, 2013
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Daniel’s becoming a man! With the help of Atlanta royalty Shaquille O’Neal, Charles Barkley, and Mayor Kasim Reed, a boy tells the world – with a small army of fixers and production assistants behind him – that his bar mitzvah is coming. And here we still thought it was extravagant…

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“I UNPLUG TO . . . cuddle”

February 19, 2013
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unplug-shabbat

Being connected 24/7 is practically a requirement for the 21st-century American worker. Some—like Officer Jeffrey Allen who’s making news for suing the Chicago Police Department for requiring him to check his BlackBerry off the clock—are not happy about it. The National Day of Unplugging hears Allen’s complaint. (And God, one could argue, anticipated it.) Based…

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Whatever Happened to Those Jewish Student Radicals?

February 18, 2013
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jsps2

It’s no secret that Jews were disproportionately involved in the campus activism of the 60s and 70s. What many don’t know is that those Jews were doing a fair amount of writing, and even founded a wire service to link all the new Jewish campus publications together. By the mid-70s the Jewish…

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The Woman Who Smuggled Children From the Ghetto

February 15, 2013
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When Nazi tanks rolled into Warsaw in 1939, a 29-year-old Catholic woman named Irena Sendler made a decision: she would not stand by as her country’s Jews were persecuted. Despite smuggling approximately 2500 Jewish children out of the Warsaw Ghetto, Sendler lived in relative obscurity until her death in 2008.…

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Video: Royal Wedding, Klezmer-Style

February 14, 2013
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Royal Wedding, Klezmer-Style

Did you know that Kate Middleton and Prince William had a Jewish wedding? Neither did we! Happy Valentine’s Day, from an alternate universe called YouTube.  

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Brooklyn Love

February 14, 2013
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Ah, the guilty pleasure of the romance novel: bodice-ripping, smoldering glances, passionate sex . . . and Shabbos dinner. Yep, you read that right: a new genre of romance novel – the Orthodox love story – has arrived, to the delight and curiosity of Jewish and non-Jewish readers alike. Yael Levy’s Brooklyn…

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Russian-Israeli Settlers in “The Territory”

February 13, 2013
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the-territory

Amid all the debate about the Israeli settler movement there’s relatively little discussion of the fact that of the roughly 500,000 settlers, around 100,000 of them hail from the Former Soviet Union. Intrigued by these figures, Ukrainian director Dmitriy Khavin started speaking with settlers to find out what brought them there. These conversations became the…

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The Skinniest House in the World

February 12, 2013
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keret-house

Last year, Israeli writer Etgar Keret saw some of the fantastical elements of his fiction become reality with the opening of the “Keret House” in Warsaw, Poland, which claims the title of world’s narrowest home. At its skinniest, the building—which you can see photos of here—is 28 inches wide. It features…

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Video: In Which the Lunacy of Israeli Bureaucracy Is Taken to a Whole New Level

February 11, 2013
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Tel Aviv Parking Trick

Imagine parking your car in a perfectly, blessedly legal spot in the middle of traffic-clogged Tel Aviv and coming back to find not just a ticket on your windshield, but the markings of a handicap spot all around it—when you’re 100% sure you did not, and would not, park in…

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