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This Ancient Jewish Martial Art From Jamaica or Yemen or Ethiopia or Something
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The Ancient Jewish Martial Art From Jamaica or Yemen or Ethiopia or Something

By On September 20, 2016

Depending on your penchant for skepticism, Abir Qesheth is either an ancient Jewish martial art passed down from Yemenite warriors or a brand new martial art created by a former rapper named Yehoshua… Read More

The Yemeni Sisters Whose Video is Sweeping Across Israel and the Muslim World
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The Israeli Band Carrying the Torch for Yemen’s Last Jews

By On March 28, 2016

The recent airlift evacuation of 19 Yemenite Jews to Israel made international news — now, there are only 50 Jews remaining in the Middle Eastern country. The 2000-year-old Jewish community in Yemen seems… Read More

Meet the Guinness Record-Setting Magician for Peace
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Meet the Guinness Record-Setting Magician for Peace

By On August 26, 2015

You’ve probably seen that magic trick where a lady gets sawed in half. And maybe some sword swallowers, or the superstar David Blaine? Now check out the new world record for the… Read More

Now Odysseus Speaks Judeo-Spanish!
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Now Odysseus Speaks Judeo-Spanish!

By On July 15, 2015

What language did Odysseus speak when he arrived home after his long journey? In Moshe Ha’elyon’s world–and new book–it’s Ladino. The 87-year old survivor of Auschwitz spent four years bringing Homer’s epic… Read More

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Israel’s Favorite Writer Looks Inward

By On July 10, 2015

Etgar Keret—Israel’s favorite magic realist—is back, and this time with a memoir: The Seven Good Years, his first foray into nonfiction. The memoir spans the seven years between the birth of Keret’s… Read More

Why Food Pornographers are Flocking to this Tel Aviv Restaurant
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Why Food Pornographers are Flocking to this Tel Aviv Restaurant

By On May 11, 2015

You know how simultaneously tantalizing and mind-numbing it gets to scroll through Facebook and Instagram photos of all your friends’ delicious meals? A Tel Aviv restaurant is embracing the trend—by embracing your… Read More

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A Fantastic New Film About Ethiopians in Israel

By On April 23, 2015

When Ethiopian Jews started emigrating to Israel in 1984 they made an indelible impact on Israel, and Israel made an indelible impact on them. Ethiopian-Israeli Bazi Gete puts that immigrant dynamic front and center in… Read More

The Israeli Novel That’s Hard to Believe Was Ever Taught in Schools
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The Novel That’s Hard to Believe Was Ever Taught in Israeli Schools

By On December 18, 2014

The conscientious literature of conflict is a modernist genre: novels like All Quiet on the Western Front privilege the individual’s psychic experience of war over the distant, glorious narrative of a nation’s… Read More

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A New Use for IDF Bullets: Ear Cleaners

By On December 4, 2014

It’s nothing new that many medical breakthroughs have been precipitated by people trying weird things: chewing bark, drinking from pools of quinine. But an Israeli startup, Otic-Pharma, owes its most recent great… Read More

Ga-ga, The Israeli Dodgeball
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Ga-ga, The Israeli Dodgeball

By On November 3, 2014

When New York dance studios began offering Gaga classes, some people asked, “Wait, you need to go to a class to learn Ga-ga?” You can forgive them for the confusion, but in Israel, Ga-ga… Read More

The Young Israeli Poet In Palestinian Drag
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The Young Israeli Poet In Palestinian Drag

By On October 28, 2014

Growing up in Tel Aviv, Morani Kornberg-Weiss only encountered the poetry of Mahmoud Darwish, Palestine’s national poet, by chance. As a “voice from the other side,” Darwish seemed to speak to her… Read More

An Ultra-Orthodox Dating Show (Please Hold the Hot Tub)
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An Ultra-Orthodox Dating Show (Please Hold the Hot Tub)

By On August 6, 2014

They’re young. They’re single. They’re ultra-Orthodox Israelis. How will they ever find love? The old-fashioned way, of course—on a reality TV dating show. Match Made in Heaven followed Haredi singles, their families, and of course… Read More