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Was Stalin’s Death a Purim Miracle?

By On March 8, 2017

An evil man rises to power with a grand plan to eliminate the Jews, until a twist of fate—a miracle!—happens, and the evil man dies; the Jews survive. Who was that evil… Read More

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The Yiddish Theater Star Who Disappeared Into an Anti-Stalinist Superhero

By On May 18, 2016

Paul Goldberg’s provocatively-titled novel The Yid (Picador) starts out with a middle-of-the-night visit from the Stalinist-era Soviet police to the Moscow home of Solomon Levinson, an elderly has-been actor of the Yiddish… Read More

The Utopian Jewish Chicken Farmers of Petaluma, CA
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The Utopian Jewish Chicken Farmers of Petaluma, CA

By On June 16, 2015

  Which came first, the chicken or the leftist Jews? Today, Petaluma, California, is known as a sleepy suburb steps away from Sonoma County’s wineries. But in the 1920s and ’30s, it… Read More

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The Yiddish Separatists in the Siberian Wild

By On February 4, 2014

Deep in the swampy climes of Siberia, tucked away on the Chinese border, lies a little region you’ve probably left off your vacation itinerary: Birobidzhan, capital of the Jewish Autonomous Oblast (JAO). Part of… Read More

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A Secretly Jewish Ballet

By On April 4, 2013

Ballet has long been associated with tutus and long-necked blondes—which is to say that it is not typically seen as a particularly Jewish form of dance. But for a brief spell in the… Read More