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Israel to Jews: This is Where the AEPi Party Never Ends
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Israel to Jews: This is Where the AEPi Party Never Ends

By On September 16, 2014

“Bible games! Fruit juice! Put those years of Hebrew school to use!” chants an exuberant new YouTube short. It aims to convince young, pasty-skinned, dissatisfied American Jewish dudes, through bright colors, tongue-in-cheek humor,… Read More

The Aryan Baby Who Wasn’t
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The Aryan Baby Who Wasn’t

By On July 14, 2014

Nazis. If it’s not one thing it’s another. In 1935, when the party held a national photo contest to find the most beautiful Aryan baby, Joseph Goebbels himself chose—wait for it—a Jewish child to represent the… Read More

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The Yiddish Speakers Who Stayed Behind

By On March 3, 2014

We generally think of Yiddish as the language that Jews spoke in the shtetls of Eastern Europe before WWII, and of its surviving speakers as having long-ago resettled across various continents. We don’t tend… Read More

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Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Bergen-Belsen

By On January 17, 2014

In the mid-1940s, newsreel footage of the Allied liberation of Bergen-Belsen, Dachau, and Buchenwald horrified viewers across the world. The images of human devastation at Nazi concentration camps crystallized reigning negative opinions of Germany.… Read More

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2014: The Year “Fiddler” Turns 50

By On January 1, 2014

Was there ever a real-life shtetl as joyful, as funny, as musical and, ultimately, as heartbreaking as Anatevka? Probably not. But after five decades, “our little village” in Fiddler on the Roof still embodies what… Read More

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A Surprising New History of “Fiddler on the Roof”

By On December 9, 2013

Maybe you first heard Tevye break into song when you watched Fiddler on the Roof on VHS in your grandparents’ living room. Maybe you sat in the audience on opening night at the Imperial Theater in 1964. Maybe,… Read More

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“All I Want for Thanksgivukkah is Jews” Mariah Carey Parody

By On November 26, 2013

DISCLAIMER: This video is rated MW for Meshugganah Writers, OS for off-key singing, and ES for excessive schmaltziness. Intrigued? With a lot of chutzpah and a little shtick, a group of four… Read More

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Looking Back On a Crazy Childhood On The Road

By On November 22, 2013

Today, Joshua Safran (not to be confused with Joshua Foer and his brother) is an ordinary guy and an observant Jew, married with kids, a civil rights lawyer. But Safran’s childhood—the subject of his new memoir Free… Read More

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The Most Embarrassing Jewish Search Result

By On August 20, 2013

Try this at home. Go to YouTube, type the word “Jewish” and sort by “view count.” What’s the most-viewed “Jewish” video of all time? You’ll never guess. It’s a silly piece of fluff called “I’m Jewish and You… Read More

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The Temptations Do “Fiddler on the Roof”

By On July 17, 2013

You’ve heard “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” and you might even know half the lyrics, but you’ve probably never heard as groovy a take as The Temptations’. Though best known for their number 1 hit, “My Girl,” the Temptations’… Read More

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How Do You Say “Cooking Show” in Yiddish?

By On April 24, 2013

Julia Child had her glass of wine, Emeril famously “kicks it up a notch,” and viewers across Britain wish Jamie Oliver actually was a naked chef. Every great cooking show has a hook, and Est… Read More

Gangname Style in Chicago
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Video: Chicago Does “Gangnam Style” Purim

By On February 23, 2013

Just when we thought the “Gangnam Style” spoofs were finally on their way out, Chicago’s Anshe Emet Synagogue proves us wrong. Happy Purim, from the midwest! Gangnam Purim Style -Anshe Emet Synagogue-Chicago, IL.… Read More

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