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The Colorful, Historic ‘Lost Shul Mural’ of Burlington, Vermont

By On July 20, 2017

Travel guide trivia: What Northeastern American city was once known as Little Jerusalem? If you guessed other than Bernie’s green stomping grounds of Burlington, Vermont, try again. In the Green Mountain State,… Read More

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The 6000-Year-Old Edible Discovery Tucked Into Masada

By On July 20, 2016

When your country is located in the bosom of the Fertile Crescent–like, say, Israel–it’s sort of a given that you tend to be the first to a great discovery. Take barley, which… Read More

Helen Keller Had a Rabbi?
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This Just In: Helen Keller Had a Rabbi

By On August 14, 2015

No, Helen Keller didn’t make a late conversion to Judaism. But an amazing discovery a few days ago by archivists at Mississippi’s Institute of Southern Jewish Life reveals a connection historians didn’t… Read More

A Newly Discovered Story by a Great, Dead Yiddish Writer
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A Newly Discovered Story by a Great, Dead Yiddish Writer

By On January 23, 2015

  Fans of Yiddish writer Isaac Bashevis Singer have reason to rejoice: this week, The New Yorker published—for the first time in English—“Inventions,” a looping and wonderful new/old short story of the late… Read More