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Brooklyn’s Weekly Shabbos Air Raid Siren

By On June 13, 2014

How do you prepare for Shabbat? Maybe by kneading some challah, inviting some friends to lunch. Probably not by blacking out your windows and hiding under the bed. But on Friday afternoons in parts… Read More

Why Does the Pope Wear a Kippah?
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Why Does the Pope Wear a Kippah?

By On June 12, 2014

You probably know that Pope Francis visited Israel not long ago. While he definitely stood out from the crowd, there was one way in which be blended right in: his kippah. Or whatever that is… Read More

Policeman
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An Israeli Film Popping With Lipstick and Guns

By On June 11, 2014

Shirtless men on bicycles, male bonding, gender relations, and social unrest. In Policeman, Israeli director Nadav Lapid’s newest film, opening in select theaters on June 13, a band of special operations unit policemen,… Read More

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Stomping Through Warsaw in Search of the Past

By On June 10, 2014

In a complicated tale of family ties, old loves, and chutzpadik tourists, an Israeli granddaughter and grandmother set off for Warsaw to file a property restitution claim. It could read like a madcap adventure,… Read More

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Behind the Scenes of “Schindler’s List”

By On June 9, 2014

After creating Schindler’s List, the film which is likely America’s—perhaps the world’s—surest narrative lifeline to the Holocaust, director Steven Spielberg began the daunting project of creating the Shoah Foundation, an archive of video testimonies from survivors… Read More

Bubbe Doubtfire Tells the Weather
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Bubbe Doubtfire Tells the Weather

By On June 6, 2014

This past winter was so toxic it gave us high-grade cabin fever. Because laughter is the best medicine, the Queens-born actor David Krumholtz created Gigi, a kind of Bubbe Doubtfire, to deliver entertaining video shorts nominally… Read More

Happy Shavuot!
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The Worldwide Jewish Cheesecake Festival

By On June 3, 2014

We’ll be signing off for a couple days in observance of Shavuot. Read about the holiday here, or just make a delicious cheesecake from our favorite food blog, The Nosher. See you on… Read More

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How to Write to Your Long-Lost Love, In Yiddish

By On June 3, 2014

Imagine, esteemed reader: Your son has recently arrived in America from your shtetl, and you want to warn him about the temptations of the goldene medina. But how do you find the right words… Read More

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A Dear Abby For The Lower East Side

By On June 2, 2014

Liana Finck’s graphic novel A Bintel Brief blends history and imagination to create an experience that is rich, immersive, and satisfying. It begins when a young woman receives a notebook from her grandmother filled… Read More

The Retrospective
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Bad Israeli Blood in a Holy Spanish City

By On May 29, 2014

In master novelist A.B. Yehoshua’s most recent book, The Retrospective (published in Israel in 2011), Yair Moses, an aging Israeli film director, arrives in the holy city of Santiago de Compostela for a retrospective of his… Read More

Don't Kick the Redhead!
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A Love Song to the Jewish Redhead

By On May 28, 2014

Whether lionized or demonized, redheads seem to hold an outsize place in the Jewish imagination. Sometimes called “Ginger Jews,” Jewish redheads have inspired a great number of origin stories, including speculation that they… Read More

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The Talmud of Star Trek

By On May 26, 2014

The Talmud says that killing a single person is like destroying the entire world. In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “The Inner Light” (1992), writer Morgan Gendel took the concept literally. Inspired… Read More

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