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How Hungary’s Leading Anti-Semitic Politician Discovered His Jewish Roots

By On February 15, 2017

You may have followed the 2013 story of the Hungarian right-wing anti-Semitic leader Csanad Szegedi discovering that his grandmother was not only Jewish, but had survived Auschwitz. Joseph Martin’s new documentary Keep… Read More

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How 19th-Century Jews Appealed to President Jefferson

By On November 10, 2016

Jews have a long history of making sure our heads of state hear from us. So if you’re planning on lobbying the President-elect, you could do worse than to model your conversation on a… Read More

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The Top Jewish Moments of the 2016 Election, in an Interactive Timeline

By On November 7, 2016

It’s hard to keep track of all the Jewish milestones, quirks, faux-pas, and near-disasters of this election. From the high of Bernie Sanders’ being the first Jewish candidate to win a major… 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

There Could Have Been a Jewish President Named Yetta
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There Could Have Been a Jewish President Named Yetta

By On May 19, 2016

  Hillary Clinton has done her fair share of acknowledging the 200+ women who’ve run for president before her. So why hasn’t she mentioned Yetta? Yetta Bronstein ran for office in both… Read More

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Leonard Cohen + Dad of New Canadian PM = BFF

By On October 29, 2015

Canadian Liberal incumbent Justin Trudeau has more than just politics and snowboarding in his blood: he also has family ties to the melancholy king of cool, Leonard Cohen. His father, Pierre Elliott… Read More

The First Jewish Woman in Congress
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The First Jewish Woman in Congress

By On September 9, 2014

Her tenure might have started when her husband died, but she went on to win re-election five times, and to serve in Congress from 1925 to 1937. Meet Florence Prag Kahn: Republican from California, and the… Read More

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How Minnesota’s Goyish Governor Passed for Jewish

By On March 21, 2014

Could there be a more goyishe name than Floyd Bjørnstjerne Olson? Believe it or not, the 22nd governor of Minnesota, born of Scandinavian parents, was so steeped in Yiddishkeit that he often passed for Jewish.… Read More

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The Plot Against America

By On December 17, 2012

Political zealots had a field day during the recent presidential election. Right-wingers painted Obama as a Kenyan communist. Leftists painted Romney as a plutocrat who would steal bread from babies. A new… Read More

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Green Lantern’s Boss is Jewish

By On June 24, 2011

One of this summer’s biggest-budget films has an unexpected cameo, of sorts…from David Ben-Gurion. Green Lantern, a new film about a superhero who wields–you guessed it–a magical green lantern, is based on the comic book… Read More

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