Jew and WASP, in 20th-Century Manhattan

By On April 23, 2014

Joanna Hershon’s fervently readable new novel, A Dual Inheritance, follows friends of different ethnicities and classes as they swerve through the awkwardness of adolescence into the complexity of middle age. Like Rich Boy, The Interestings,… Read More


Martha Stewart and the Case of the WASPy Matzah

By On April 18, 2014

Poor Martha Stewart. A few years ago she wasn’t invited to a Passover seder. Never one to miss an opportunity to participate in a lavish meal, Stewart—though not a Jew herself—wanted to keep… Read More


Beatboxing for Passover

By On April 17, 2014

For a people so committed to explaining ourselves, it’s not terribly surprising that at some point, we’d find a way to fit beatboxing into the story of Passover if it could help us enliven the… Read More


Suicide Prevention at the Seder Table

By On April 14, 2014

On the night of the seder, Elijah the Prophet plays Santa Claus (well, those aren’t the exact words) hopping from one seder to the next, visiting every matzah-crumby table and sipping wine left out for him. But Elijah… Read More


Painting Your Fingernails With Plagues

By On April 11, 2014

When recounting the story of the ten plagues at the seder table, you may have found that dipping a pinkie finger in wine is just not realistic enough. Wine is kind of reminiscent of… Read More


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

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