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Writing the Strange Land of the Gay Jewish South

By On January 8, 2016

One of the most classic setups in fiction is to place a stranger in a strange land. In Jason K. Friedman’s case—whose debut story collection, Fire Year, is out with Sarabande Books—the… Read More

The Holocaust-Memorializing Catholic Priest

The Holocaust-Memorializing Catholic Priest

By On June 19, 2015

If there was a distinction for modern-day Righteous Gentiles, Father Patrick Desbois would be the first to be honored. In 2002, sometime after learning that his grandfather, a French soldier, had been… Read More


A 1980s Classic That Turns Jewish American Princesses into Paper Dolls

By On February 4, 2015

The Official JAP Paper Doll Book is an artifact of bad taste and excellent value. Originally published in 1983, it is out of print but available via sellers like eBay; it boasts on… Read More

What Kind of Nice Jewish Boy Writes a Book About Santa Claus?

What Kind of Nice Jewish Boy Writes a Book About Santa Claus?

By On December 25, 2014

One day, Eric Kaplan’s son’s playdate to the zoo was canceled by his friend’s mother. It was almost Christmas, and the mother, knowing that Kaplan’s son didn’t believe in Santa, didn’t want… Read More

A New, Digital Wonderland of Jewish Text

A New, Digital Wonderland of Jewish Text

By On September 8, 2014

Imagine a digital wonderland where every Jewish text is available free and open-source, where the extraordinary expanse of our texts are waiting to be combed, prodded, and commented upon by interested parties… Read More

Jewniverse beach reads

Jewniverse Beach Reading!

By On August 12, 2014

Check back all week for our top summer reading picks from the archives! Monday’s pick: Shakespeare The Spy, a novel about an Israeli spy named Shakespeare by Joshua Sobol. Nothing else like this. Tuesday’s pick: Half… Read More

A Yiddish Satire With Yiddishe Mamas and Soviet Fools

A Forgotten Satire of Yiddishe Mamas and Soviet Fools

By On June 23, 2014

Stories of a bustling courtyard populated by hapless sages and wise young fools fill Moyshe Kulbak‘s classic satirical family novel of Soviet Minsk. It’s a compelling, tender read, newly translated by Hillel Halkin with a… Read More


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

The Retrospective

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


Data: A Love Story

By On March 6, 2013

Amy Webb, in-demand internet consultant and math whiz had experienced one too many disastrous JDates. After one particularly awful one—on which the guy started taking phone calls from his wife—Webb went home, settled… Read More


Brooklyn Love

By On February 14, 2013

Ah, the guilty pleasure of the romance novel: bodice-ripping, smoldering glances, passionate sex . . . and Shabbos dinner. Yep, you read that right: a new genre of romance novel – the Orthodox… Read More


Jews and Words

By On January 8, 2013

In his book The Sabbath, Abraham Joshua Heschel famously posits that Jews should build sanctuaries in time, so to speak, instead of focusing so much energy on physical structures. In their new book Jews and Words, novelist Amos… Read More

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