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How Hungary’s Leading Anti-Semitic Politician Discovered His Jewish Roots

By On February 15, 2017

You may have followed the 2013 story of the Hungarian right-wing anti-Semitic leader Csanad Szegedi discovering that his grandmother was not only Jewish, but had survived Auschwitz. Joseph Martin’s new documentary Keep… Read More

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The Ukrainian Synagogue That Became a Juice Factory

By On November 25, 2016

We recently featured a selection of former shuls across the U.S. now serving as everything from a police supply store to trendy condominiums. While many got a chuckle out of the post,… Read More

The Medieval Jewish Wedding Ring Tradition You Probably Never Knew About
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The Medieval Jewish Wedding Ring Tradition You Probably Never Knew About

By On November 30, 2015

You may have recently learned that diamonds are only a girl’s best friend because De Beers made it so. Sigh — how’s a girl to have a betrothal symbol with a little… Read More

Go Through the Drawers of a 1930s Polish Jewish Kitchen
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The New Site That Lets You Snoop Around an Old Polish Jewish Kitchen

By On February 25, 2015

Have you ever wanted to step into the past? Not into a famous battle, or a momentous event, but into someone else’s home, to be able to see how that person lived… Read More

The Oath of Many Humiliations
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The Oath of Many Humiliations

By On January 15, 2015

As all Jews know, there’s a vibrant and creative history of all the ways in which we have been persecuted. Contributing to this lovely list is the Oath More Judaico (Latin for “on/by the… Read More

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2015 Looking Like an Anti-Semitic Year? Take Two And Call Us in the Morning.

By On January 1, 2015

What’s in your first aid kit? Bandages, check; thermometer, check; rubbing alcohol, check; protection against anti-Semitism – hold on a sec. In 2014, France was stymied by a mass exodus of Jews… Read More

Young Polish Women Discovering Their Jewish Roots
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Young Polish Women Discovering Their Jewish Roots

By On November 12, 2014

All the talk about Jewish cultural revival in Poland has people asking: What’s it like to be Jewish in Poland today? How do young Jews relate to their religion, to Israel, to each other?The Return,… Read More

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Heartbreaking Home Videos From the Old Country

By On October 30, 2014

We tend to think of early 20th-century Jewish migration as a one-way street. But a New York City exhibition shows a different story—in film.Between the wars, some of those emigres traveled back to Europe… Read More

Yiddish is an Official Language of Sweden?
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Yiddish is an Official Language of Sweden?

By On February 12, 2014

You’ve heard the old Yiddish adage, “It’s not how many Jews live in a country, but how many years they’ve lived there.” If you haven’t, that’s probably because we made it up. Jews… Read More

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Roaming Europe in Search of Yiddish Joy

By On August 14, 2013

To hear some people tell it, you’d think Jewish history was one long calamity: the Spanish Inquisition, the expulsion, pogroms and, of course, the Holocaust. Didn’t European Jews ever smile or sing or enjoy life? Actually,… Read More

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Life Before the Nazis

By On January 6, 2012

Eastern Europe in the early years of the 20th century was at a giant crossroads: Technologically advanced, bustling cities in some parts, and in others, peasant villages that were still finding their way out of… Read More

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The Convert’s Burden

By On December 2, 2011

In the 1800s and early 1900s, many Jews in European countries converted to Christianity. The stakes were low, and the burden of staying Jewish was high–pogroms and poverty. But converting didn’t always erase people’s Jewish… Read More

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