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When Jewish Palm Readers Rubbed Elbows with Pushcart Peddlers
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When Jewish Palm Readers Rubbed Elbows With Pushcart Peddlers

By On December 28, 2015

If you peel back the layers of wallpaper in any older New York City apartment, you’re bound to find something intriguing—even if it’s only more ugly wallpaper. A decade ago, though, renovations… Read More

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The 3 Most Important Jewish Words

By On October 31, 2013

If you’ve never heard the Yiddish/Hebrew phrase, “kein ayin hara,” get ready to meet your new favorite saying.  Literally, these words translate as “no evil eye.” Together, they function as a Jewish “knock on… Read More

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Fangs, Pale Skin, & a Star of David

By On June 20, 2011

Today, we think of vampires as tall, pale creatures with an unquenchable thirst and a marble beauty straight out of Twilight. Historically, however, they were somewhat less conventionally sexy–often portrayed as decaying, festering corpses fresh… Read More