The Marine Corps Marrano

By On December 11, 2013

Up through World War II, The United States Marine Corps was generally viewed as the least inviting of the U.S. Armed Forces for American Jews to join. It was, in the words of Lenny… Read More

They Called Her Rebbe

They Called Her Rebbe

By On December 10, 2013

While rifling through the bargain bin at your local bookstore for a dime novel to read on the plane, you come across what looks like just the right smut: a classically pulpy woman on… Read More


A Surprising New History of “Fiddler on the Roof”

By On December 9, 2013

Maybe you first heard Tevye break into song when you watched Fiddler on the Roof on VHS in your grandparents’ living room. Maybe you sat in the audience on opening night at the Imperial Theater in 1964. Maybe,… Read More


The Ghost Shtetl of Trochenbrod

By On December 6, 2013

Once upon a time there was a shtetl named Trochenbrod. In its heyday, Trochenbrod, which is located in Western Ukraine just 30 kilometers northeast of the city of Lutsk, was home to approximately 5,000 Jews, with… Read More

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By On December 5, 2013

Join the Jewniverse/MyJewishLearning annual $2 campaign! Your donation allows us to keep on sharing all of the weird, wacky and inspirational sides of the Jewniverse. And c’mon, we’re just asking $2.… Read More


Nude Photos + Bible = Art

By On December 4, 2013

The words of the Bible calligraphed carefully onto…skin? This edgy sounding art project is actually pretty old-school: a Torah scroll is sheepskin with calligraphy on it—but Israeli artist Ronit Bigal has taken the idea of Torah on… Read More


Anti-Semitic Hatemail Never Looked This Good

By On December 3, 2013

Hatemail is probably the most bizarre book to ever grace a coffee table. Oversized, gorgeous, and with vivid and full-color matte printing, it’s packed with turn-of-the-century art and extensive scholarly commentary…about anti-Semitic picture… Read More


The Slippery History of Jews & Olive Oil

By On December 2, 2013

What’s so holy about olive oil? On Hanukkah, olive oil is a part of the story. According to the Talmud the Maccabees only found one sealed vessel of consecrated olive oil with which to light the… Read More


The Surprisingly Wide World of Hasidic Fashion

By On November 29, 2013

Have you ever noticed the difference between one Hasid’s hat and another? Michael Levin hadn’t either—until he moved to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in 2007 and met his new neighbors. Levin, who was raised secular, was… Read More


Yiddish Theater for the Kindergarten Set

By On November 28, 2013

A late-in-life career change isn’t so unusual. A mathematician who devotes his life to klezmer music. A full-time mom who starts her own business. But even in that context, what Betty Rosenberg Perlov has done is… Read More


The Secret History of Hanukkah

By On November 27, 2013

Everything your Hebrew school taught you about the miracle of Hanukkah is a lie. According to the Book of Maccabees, which most scholars believe was written shortly after the Maccabean revolt, Hanukkah was born of another… Read More


“All I Want for Thanksgivukkah is Jews” Mariah Carey Parody

By On November 26, 2013

DISCLAIMER: This video is rated MW for Meshugganah Writers, OS for off-key singing, and ES for excessive schmaltziness. Intrigued? With a lot of chutzpah and a little shtick, a group of four… Read More

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