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The Shema Prayer Just Debuted in the Fighting Ring

By On December 2, 2016

For the first time ever, Mixed Martial Arts, the full-contact sport that consists of people beating the hell out of each other, just held their World Championship in Israel. To mark his win, MMA… Read More

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Israel’s Biggest Drag Queen Was Once a Good Yeshiva Boy

By On December 1, 2016

It’s been about 15 years since Israeli Lior Yisraelov first tried on a dress at a Purim party during his last year at an Orthodox yeshiva high school. Since then, he has… Read More

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Juicy Tales of Sex and Dating in Tel Aviv

By On November 18, 2016

D123: Such a shame. I thought we really clicked. JOAN OF ARC: I just wasn’t looking at my iPhone. I’m a bit drunk… D123: Want me to come over? So begins an… Read More

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Meet Israel’s Miss Holocaust Survivor 2016

By On November 2, 2016

When a little girl dreams of being crowned pageant queen, it’s not usually accompanied by the title that came with Israeli Anna Grinis’s recent win: “Miss Holocaust Survivor.” But for Grinis, who… Read More

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Inside Israel’s $75,000 Sukkah

By On October 17, 2016

  Visitors to Jerusalem during the holiday of Sukkot are often struck by a unique site: overtaking balconies across the city’s Jewish neighborhoods, little metal and wooden huts topped with branches and… Read More

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‘The Sound of Music’ in Hebrew Is Lovely — And Hilarious

By On September 29, 2016

The Sound of Music probably conjures up images of Julie Andrews skipping through lush alpine meadows with blonde children—not exactly the people or the landscape familiar to Israeli kids. But that hasn’t… Read More

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… 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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