Passover with Metallica

By On April 10, 2014

That kid in your math class with greasy hair and the black muscle shirt might not have known it, but Metallica’s 1984 hit “Creeping Death” is inspired by the second half of… Read More


How Big Is Your Afikoman?

By On April 9, 2014

How many Saltines can you eat in a minute? How about an even harder challenge: How much matzah can you eat when it comes time to eat the afikoman? And how much maror can you eat before… Read More


Haggadahs by JDate

By On April 8, 2014

We dare you to go on a JDate seder. No, not a first date to somebody’s seder, but rather a JDate-themed seder, in which the four children—all eligible, naturally—take on a whole… Read More


Pop Goes the Haggadah!

By On April 7, 2014

The seder is an ancient ritual, but your haggadah doesn’t have to look and feel like a creaky old text. This year artist Melissa Berg brings us the Pop Haggadah, which features traditional haggadah text… Read More


Discover the Promised Land…in Lake Erie

By On April 4, 2014

Imagine: It’s 1825, and the idea of Jewish sovereignty over the Land of Israel is a pipe dream. But a man named Mordecai Manuel Noah has a plan that starts small: with a temporary Jewish… Read More


Morning Jew News & Schmooze!

By On April 3, 2014

What do you get when two Jewish comedians—one in Oakland and another in New York City—put their Skype convos up on the web for all to see? Welcome to Morning Jew, a smart… Read More


Sweet New Sounds from the Ancient City of Jaffa

By On April 2, 2014

On Luna Abu Nassar’s Bandcamp-released debut album, Asaper Lakh (“I’ll tell you”) your ears may deceive you. The 24-year-old Palestinian-Israeli singer’s light, flexible voice hits first, and is momentarily mistakable for that of any… Read More


The Last Man Who Spoke Provence’s Dead Jewish Language

By On April 1, 2014

In 1977, Apple Computers incorporated, Menachem Begin became Israel’s 6th Prime Minister, Jay Leno first appeared on The Tonight Show, and Armand Lunel, the last living speaker of Judeo-Provençal, died. Also known as Shuadit and… Read More


The Dyke and the Dybbuk

By On March 31, 2014

It’s not easy being a dybbuk. Jewish tradition holds that dybbuks are demons who drive people crazy, but what happens when the Head Office assigns a dybbuk to haunt someone who’s already pretty nuts? In… Read More


Is Chutzpah Dead?

By On March 28, 2014

When Jewish diners complete their annual tradition of eating Chinese food on Christmas, their fortunate cookies exhort them to learn Chinese. The Chinese, it seems, have also been learning Yiddish. We already know that Chinese… Read More


The Lesbian Flick Banned by the Nazis

By On March 27, 2014

Quick, a riddle: Who wouldn’t love a lesbian boarding school romp? Answer: Nazis. Believe it or not, the first widely-released film featuring a lesbian plot came out in Germany just as Hitler was rising… Read More


Politics, Protest, and Klezmer in Ukraine’s Freedom Square

By On March 26, 2014

What does Kiev’s Maidan Nezalezhnosti, also known as Freedom Square, sound like? There’s of course plenty of chanting, talking, and arguing. And thanks Kiev’s Pushkin Klezmer Band, there’s also traditional Jewish music. Ukrainian Jews, like… Read More

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