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Osman Bey and the Birth of the Global Jewish Conspiracy

Osman Bey and the Birth of the Global Jewish Conspiracy

By On September 9, 2015

Just when we thought we could all agree that the idea of a global Jewish conspiracy was launched by the 1903 Protocols of the Elders of Zion, we find out about a… Read More

A New, True Story About Growing Up Hasidic and Leaving

A New, True Story About Growing Up Hasidic and Leaving

By On May 6, 2015

Ex-Hasidic narratives — they seemed to be publishing’s hot ticket for a few minutes, with Anouk Markovits’s I Am Forbidden, Leah Vincent’s Cut Me Loose, and others. But Unpious editor Shulem Deen’s new… Read More


Looking Back On a Crazy Childhood On The Road

By On November 22, 2013

Today, Joshua Safran (not to be confused with Joshua Foer and his brother) is an ordinary guy and an observant Jew, married with kids, a civil rights lawyer. But Safran’s childhood—the subject of his new memoir Free… Read More


Looking for Zion in All the Wrong Places

By On March 14, 2013

Emily Raboteau’s insightful new memoir, Searching for Zion, begins with a memory of her father, a black Princeton professor, describing blacks’ and Jews’ similarities to her childhood best friend, Tamar: “When we sang freedom… Read More


Data: A Love Story

By On March 6, 2013

Amy Webb, in-demand internet consultant and math whiz had experienced one too many disastrous JDates. After one particularly awful one—on which the guy started taking phone calls from his wife—Webb went home, settled… Read More

life and music after death

Life (and Music) after Death

By On July 24, 2012

Is listening to music a religious experience? The autobiographical book Automatic: Girls, Death, and R.E.M., by Matthue Roth–who you might also know as the founder of Jewniverse–is about music, but it’s also… Read More

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An American Childhood in Egypt

By On June 1, 2012

Sipping from the Nile, a new memoir, tells the story of Jean Naggar, who is now a New York literary agent. A fourth-generation Egyptian, both Naggar’s parents came from prominent Sephardic Jewish families. Life in… Read More

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Hard to Hear

By On March 22, 2012

“Being the hearing child of deaf parents,” says stand-up comic Moshe Kasher in his new memoir, Kasher in the Rye, “is a membership card to a very elite club. To other deaf people, we aren’t… Read More


Revolutionary Youth

By On January 27, 2012

Shmarya Levin was born in Russia in 1867. A politician and activist, he was elected to the first-ever Russian Parliament in 1906, as a representative of the Bund, a Jewish socialist political party. The Parliament was… Read More


Six Little Words

By On December 22, 2011

Can you tell your life story in six words? In our new world of 140-character breaking news and micro-sized Facebook updates, we’ve trained ourselves to think in brief bursts. But we haven’t necessarily dumbed ourselves… Read More


Our Ancestors, Ourselves

By On December 7, 2011

“When my father died,” writes Nancy Miller, “I became a middle-aged Jewish orphan.” Miller had always been Jewish, of course, but this ethnic identity had never meant much to her. When she lost her father,… Read More


Home on the Range

By On August 19, 2011

Imagine Little Women meets All-of-a-Kind Family, with a hint–just a hint–of Anna Karenina. Rachel Bella Kahn was a memoirist way before tell-all books and reality TV were fashionable. She grew up in the Ukraine, but was sent… Read More

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