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The Rosenberg Kids Are Still Fighting for Their Parents’ Good Name

By On July 3, 2017

64 years after Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed for spying for the Soviet Union, their children are still fighting to honor their parents’ name. In 1953, the Rosenbergs were convicted of… Read More

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100 Senators Received This New Hitler-Themed Card Game

By On March 2, 2017

Max Temkin, co-creator of Cards Against Humanity—the obsessively irreverent card game that involves coming up with the obscenest notions imaginable and guessing which of your horrible friends invented them—made a new game… Read More

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New Viral Video Begs Trump: “America First. Israel Second?”

By On February 6, 2017

You’ve probably seen them by now: hilarious spoof videos introducing President Trump to various European countries, “in his own words,” making their case for second place, after “America first.” Starting with Holland’s… 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

"The Merchant of Venice" Goes Jewish and Black, in 1870s D.C.
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See “The Merchant of Venice” Go Jewish and Black, in 1870s D.C.

By On July 28, 2016

Thought you knew The Merchant of Venice? Veteran playwright/director Aaron Posner’s reconstruction (lolz) of Shakespeare’s notorious Jewish play might make you reconsider. District Merchants, Posner’s uneasy comedy, fast-forwards to Reconstruction-era D.C., exploring… 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

The Radical Jew Behind Hillary Clinton AND Bernie Sanders
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The Radical Jew Behind Hillary Clinton AND Bernie Sanders

By On February 22, 2016

  Saul Alinsky was a true-blue political disruptor. Born in Chicago to Russian Jewish emigres in 1909, Alinsky was so fed up with social injustice, inequality, and racism, that he invented modern… Read More

The Jew Who Invented the Universal Language
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The Jew Who Invented the Universal Language

By On August 29, 2014

The year was 1879. Stalin was born. The Austro-German Alliance was signed to dissuade Russia from attacking either nation. During the chilling lead-up to the Armenian genocide, Turkey banned Armenian performances in Constantinople (now Istanbul). And amidst… Read More

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San Francisco’s Gay Jewish Hero

By On May 31, 2013

The late gay activist and San Francisco politician Harvey Milk seemed to have organizing in his blood. His grandfather, a Lithuanian Jewish immigrant, helped found the first synagogue in his Long Island… 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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A Self-Operating Napkin

By On May 7, 2012

If you’ve ever seen a needlessly complicated contraption–take, for instance, that moment in The Goonies where it takes a bowling ball dropped onto a balance, a balloon popping, and a chicken laying an egg to open a door–you know… Read More

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God Save the President

By On February 21, 2011

The townsfolk from Fiddler on the Roof  had a very simple prayer for their government: “May God bless and keep the Czar…far away from us!” This wasn’t the first time that Jews composed… Read More