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

The Jewish Nazi Film That Was Just a Little Too Nazi
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The Jewish Nazi Film That Was Too Nazi for the Jews

By On October 22, 2014

  What could scream “zeitgeist” louder than a 1942 American comedy about a troupe of Polish actors who use their knack for disguise to fool Nazis? Though it was the season for… Read More

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The Puerto Rican Boxer With the Kosher Tattoo

By On October 21, 2014

Pro boxers don’t usually wear their sponsorship on their sleeves – but Puerto Rican fighter Miguel Cotto wears his on his neck. Er, scratch that – the Orthodox Union hechsher tattooed on the light middleweight boxer’s trapezius… Read More

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How Anti-Semitism Helped Ruth Bader Ginsburg Succeed

By On October 20, 2014

  Rising to barely 5 foot 1 inch, weighing in at just under 100 pounds, and topping out her age bracket at 81 years, we have the meanest, leanest magistrate in the… Read More

Why the New Trans TV Show is Good for the Jews
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The New Trans TV Show That’s Good for the Jews

By On October 15, 2014

Amazon’s first foray into television, Transparent, looks like it will be good for the Jews, especially if it succeeds. In the first season, three self-involved, adult Jewish siblings in Los Angeles will discover… Read More

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When the High Priest Was Pelted With Citrons

By On October 14, 2014

  It’s autumn. Do you get upset when squirrels pelt you from above with acorns? Well, please count your blessings: at least they’re not etrogs, and at least you’re not a high priest with… Read More

The Amazing New Molecule Shaped Like a Jewish Star
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The Amazing New Molecule Shaped Like a Jewish Star

By On October 13, 2014

Even Isaac Asimov couldn’t dream this up. A team of University of Manchester chemists led by Professor David Leigh have invented a molecular shape that looks exactly like the Magen David – the Star of David – which could, if… Read More

The Lady Gaga of Hasidic Music
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The Lady Gaga of Hasidic Music

By On October 8, 2014

He’s been called the Jewish Elvis; he’s been called the Lady Gaga of Hasidic Music. He’s a rock star, he’s a YouTube sensation, and he’s a Hasidic Jew. He is Lipa Schmeltzer, and his wardrobe is way… Read More

Why "Back to the Future" is About the World to Come
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The Surprising Hasidic Subtext of a Popular New Novel

By On October 7, 2014

Ben Lerner is not primarily a novelist – he’s a poet. He’s also not a Hasid. But his new novel 10:04 opens with a quote: “Hasidim tell a story about the world to come that says everything there… Read More

Finally! Seinfeld in Yiddish.
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Finally! Seinfeld in Yiddish.

By On October 6, 2014

The trademark bass-slapping is at first replaced with the opening bars of “Sunrise, Sunset” from Fiddler on the Roof, but otherwise it looks like any other Seinfeld re-run – until Jerry and Elaine open their mouths and… Read More

When the Hearthrob of the Yiddish Cinema Sang Kol Nidre
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When the Hearthrob of the Yiddish Cinema Led Kol Nidre

By On October 3, 2014

If Kol Nidre has never made you shiver with emotion, then you must see the 1940 acclaimed Yiddish film Overture to Glory. Made in New York, the film offers a glimpse at a world—and an art… Read More

The Refugees' Japanese Savior
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The Refugees’ Japanese Savior

By On October 2, 2014

With the Soviet Occupation of Lithuania in full swing and the encroachment of Nazism around the corner, Jewish Polish refugees and Lithuanians were desperate for a way out. Introducing Chiune Sugihara, Vice-Consul for the Empire… Read More

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