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This Muslim-Jewish Rapper Drinks Manischewitz and Raps About His Bris

By On May 23, 2017

Arian Asllani may have grown up Muslim, but he has some darkly vivid memories of his bris. As he raps, he’s… Been wilding since the Rabbi snipped it Then they laughed and… Read More

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This Jewish-Raised Hindu Musician Sings About Islam

By On May 19, 2017

The Australian-born singer-songwriter Ben Lee has been on a lifelong spiritual quest. He was raised Jewish, studied Taoism, and was married in a Hindu ceremony. Now he’s released an album called Ben… Read More

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Gimmel, the Finnish Girl Band With a Hebrew Name

By On May 12, 2017

Most Jews know gimmel as the best Hebrew letter on a dreidel — you know, the one that gives the lucky spinner the entire pot of chocolate gelt. But all Hebrew letters… Read More

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A Beastie Boy’s Ode to Jewish Brooklyn—In Wallpaper Form

By On March 3, 2017

Mike D: founding member of the Beastie Boys, Jewish kid from NYC, and interior decorator specializing in Jewish themes? Michael “Mike D” Diamond, who rapped, sang, and played drums for everybody’s favorite… Read More

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How a Violin Brought a Holocaust Survivor and a 12-Year-Old Girl Together

By On February 23, 2017

“How long can you live with memories?” asks 91-year-old Holocaust survivor Joseph Feingold at the start of Joe’s Violin, an astounding Oscar-nominated short documentary. It’s not an easy question to answer, but his new… Read More

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This Yiddish Version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” Will Move You to Tears

By On November 11, 2016

Yesterday, an already shaken world learned that our foundations had shifted even more than we knew. Legendary singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen died at age 82. Before the news even came out, a new,… Read More

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The Kinkiest Jewish Cowboy in Texas

By On October 14, 2016

  Richard S. “Kinky” Friedman has many faces, and he’s proud of each one. There’s Kinky Friedman, fictional detective, not to be confused with Kinky Friedman, the author who penned a series of… Read More

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Leonard Nimoy’s Totally Campy ‘80s Pop Cameo

By On October 5, 2016

  If you’re a Gen X’er, you may remember Information Society, that crazy-haired ‘80s synthpop band with the No. 1 single “What’s On Your Mind (Pure Energy).” The 1988 club hit makes… Read More

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The Jews Who Adopted Louis Armstrong

By On September 21, 2016

International jazz legend. Radio and film star…raised by Jews? Yup. Well, sort of. Louis Armstrong, also known as “Ambassador Satch,” was unofficially adopted by a family of Jewish immigrants from Lithuania who had a… Read More

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The Jewish Louis Armstrong Died in Obscurity 40 Years Ago Today

By On August 8, 2016

Forty years ago today, the world lost a little swing in its step. The swing belonged to a remarkable jazz musician named Adolph “Eddie” Ignatievich Rosner. Rosner was known for playing two… Read More

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The Jewish Lyricist Behind Brian Wilson And The Beach Boys

By On July 28, 2016

It’s been fifty years since the Beach Boys released the pop masterpiece Pet Sounds. The album contained brooding, intensely romantic ballads like “God Only Knows,” “Caroline, No” and “You Still Believe In… Read More

The Russian Jazz Starlet Who Sings in a Brooklyn Basement
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Meet the Russian Jazz Starlet Who Now Sings in a Brooklyn Basement

By On July 22, 2016

Some dentists spruce up their offices with a potted plant or a TV. But if you chance to get a root canal in Brighton Beach, NY, you could get treated to a… Read More