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The Most Jewish Goyish Choir Leader in Europe

The Most Jewish Goyish Choir Leader in Europe

By On April 26, 2016

Dr. Tomáš Novotný isn’t Jewish, but you wouldn’t know it from looking at his CV. Novotný, a professor of comparative religion, Judaism, and Hebrew at Ostrava University in the Czech Republic, leads… Read More

Meet the Bal Ej, Ethiopia's Other Jews

Meet the Bal Ej, Ethiopia’s Other Jews

By On January 18, 2016

Americans tend to think of Blacks and Jews as distinct groups: Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel marching alongside Martin Luther King, Jr.; Goodman, Chaney, and Schwerner going down South for Freedom Summer. Some… Read More

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The Russian Jewish Ethnographer Behind This Trove of Stunning Historic Photographs

By On December 3, 2015

The Vitebsk-born Shloyme Zaynvi Rapoport — better known by the moniker S. An-sky — was many things: publisher, playwright, tutor. But his most enduring legacy is twofold: his play The Dybbuk, which… Read More


Let This Music Video Inspire Your Repentance

By On October 1, 2015

Jewish thought is full of paradoxes. A complicated philosophy is supposed to help us achieve simple faith. We want to get close to the Infinite, but we do it by following tons… Read More

The Jewish Reggae King from Washington, D.C.

The Jewish Reggae King from Washington, D.C.

By On April 30, 2015

Other than the connections between Judaism and Rastafarianism, and maybe good ol’ Matisyahu, there aren’t too many links between Jews and reggae. That is, if you’re not counting Gary Himelfarb, a.k.a. Doctor… Read More

Seinfeld’s Back With A Rap Album About Nothing

Seinfeld’s Back With Another Rap Album About Nothing

By On April 24, 2015

  Quoting Jerry Seinfeld around the water cooler may be back in style—as long as it involves sampling some of his lyrics from the new Wale rap album, The Album About Nothing.… Read More

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Where Star Trek and the Great American Songbook Meet the Jews

By On April 13, 2015

What happened to the classic songs of the 1930’s and ‘40s? The standards of the Great American Songbook crooned by Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee or Ella Fitzgerald (and later made unforgettable by… Read More


If Your Cantor Were a Rock Star He Would Sound Like This

By On March 30, 2015

If you ask Brooklyn-based musician Yoshie Fruchter, the great cantors of the 20th century —Yossele Rosenblatt, Leib Glantz, and Fruchter’s own grandfather — were actually laying the groundwork for a new brand of… Read More

Where Afrobeat Meets Jewish Music Meetz Jazz

The Latest From Our Favorite 11-Piece Afrobeat Jewish Avant-Garde Jazz Band

By On September 18, 2014

Zion80 is a big band with a big sound—a full horn section alongside multiple percussionists, keyboards, and guitars. They’re a combination of Jewish music, Afrobeat, and avant-garde jazz—late last year, during their residency… Read More

The Man Who Taught Arabic in Yiddish

The Man Who Taught Arabic in Yiddish

By On July 25, 2014

Have you been wanting to learn Palestinian Arabic? Bistu a yidish redner? (Are you a Yiddish speaker?) Then, Getzl Zelikovitz was your man. Born in Lithuania in 1863, Zelikovitz was somewhat of a linguistic prodigy… Read More


Jewish Camp Songs Like You Never Heard Them Before

By On October 24, 2013

Think back to your weeks at Jewish summer camp—site of first kisses, pranks, and, of course, endless singing. Now ask yourself: As you belted out Adon Olam for the 100th time, did you ever wish,… Read More


WTF Just Happened to “Oyfn Pripetchik”?

By On August 9, 2013

Meet Psoy Korolenko, the self-described “wandering philologist”and song-tinkerer who rewrites famous lyrics until their familiar meanings are blown to bits. One such tinkering, “Oyfn Pripetchik 2” (written in collaboration with Yiddishist Alexandra Hoffman), takes the… Read More

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