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The Muslim Kingdom and the Israeli Flag

By On February 19, 2018

Name an ancient Mediterranean kingdom with a history of conquest and tricky alliances, and a flag with a blue six-sided star. If you’re thinking of the one referred to as “Start-up Nation,”… Read More

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A New Project of Survivors’ Stories in Drawings, Letters, and Video Interviews

By On January 27, 2018

In the wake of #badderthantaylor, we can probably all think of a few elder Jewish women (and men) whose life stories could be a book or a feature film. Like Gerta, whose… Read More

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Meet the 1970s Jewish Artist Whose Medium Was the Bagel

By On January 8, 2018

“Lowly Bagel Transformed by an Artist,” reads the 1974 New York Times headline. Around these parts, we don’t tend to think of bagels as lowly to begin with—but what a young woman… Read More

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Three Great Ways to Excommunicate A Misbehaving Jew

By On January 2, 2018

We know what happens to a misbehaving Jew after life: either it’s the World to Come—or it’s Gehenna, the other place. But punitive measures for misbehaving Jews on Earth? The Talmud offers… Read More

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Meet Robert Adler, The Viennese Jew Who Invented the Clicker

By On December 27, 2017

Robert Adler was a brilliant physicist and inventor who narrowly escaped the Holocaust, came to the U.S. to help discover innovations like the electric beam parametric amplifier and touch-screen technology. But he… Read More

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The Anthem for Russian Jewry that Mobilized the Masses

By On December 22, 2017

In 1977, Natan (Anatole) Sharansky was arrested for treason against the Soviet Union. When Cantor Robbie Solomon heard how courageously the long-time refusenik and human rights activist stood up to his accusers,… Read More

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The Story of Mr. Potato Head’s Jewish Roots

By On December 14, 2017

As you’re peeling potatoes to make latkes, imagine that the decade is the 1950s, and you’re safeguarding your spuds from kids trying to stick little plastic face pieces with pushpins into them.… Read More

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When a Yiddish Theater Starlet Surprised U.S. Troops in Korea for Hanukkah

By On December 12, 2017

In 1951, Yiddish theater star Molly Picon, together with Jacob Kalich, her husband and fellow entertainer, and Cardinal Francis Joseph Spellman, the Vicar General of the United States Armed Forces, headed to Korea… Read More

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Barbra Streisand Asked Bob Dylan to Make a Record Together

By On December 5, 2017

Jewish fantasies everywhere came true last year when a handwritten card from Barbra Streisand to Bob Dylan was uncovered in the Dylan Archive, a trove of 6,000 pieces of his paraphernalia. The… Read More

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‘My Name Is Modigliani. I am a Jew.’

By On December 4, 2017

Amadeo Clemente Modigliani (1884-1920) is best known as the Italian artist who left behind striking oil paintings and sculptures of women with distinctively elongated faces and pinched lips. But a new video… Read More

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Hear This Jewish Prayer Sung by Texan Cows and a Cowboy

By On November 29, 2017

There’s so much more to Texas Jewish life than a historic heavyweight champion, a quirky author-turned-politician named Kinky, and painter Mark Rothko’s Houston chapel. Look a little harder and you will find… Read More

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How Jacob Cohen Became Rodney Dangerfield and Got Himself Some Respect

By On November 27, 2017

Rodney Dangerfield got no respect. When he was born, the doctor told his mother, “I did all I could, but he pulled through anyway.” Just listen to the guy: When he was… Read More

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