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October, 2010


Psalms for the Perplexed

By On October 29, 2010

As the lead singer of the Israeli band Teapacks, Kobi Oz was a wild, adrenalized vaudevillian. Most famously, in 2007, he scandalized the Eurovision music competition with a song about Iran’s nuclear capabilities called… Read More


What Celebrities Think about God

By On October 28, 2010

  Ten years ago, the satirical newspaper The Onion asked a bunch of prominent people–great and not-so-great thinkers, artists, actors, and others–if they believed in God. Some of the answers are surprising–Wes Anderson, who directed… Read More


Splitting the Sea

By On October 27, 2010

  Think your job is hard? Try being a matchmaker. The ancient rabbis understood just how hard it is to find  that special someone and considered matchmaking a divine task. Literally. In one striking Talmudic vignette (Sotah… Read More


A Holocaust Play from 1943

By On October 26, 2010

During the Holocaust, many people in America didn’t know about the atrocities that were being committed against the Jews of Europe. But as the war progressed, word did start to spread across the… Read More


Shvitzing to the Oldies

By On October 25, 2010

Shvitz! My Yiddisheh Workout isn’t just a workout video where the instructions happen to be in Yiddish. And it isn’t just a visual gag (though you may pish yourself watching the exercise in which the instructors raise their… Read More


Rock the Shabbat

By On October 22, 2010

Have you ever fantasized about having Mick Jagger over to Shabbat dinner? On Shabbat Rocks, singer Robyn Shippel puts on a leather jacket and an electric guitar and cranks the volume to 10… Read More


A Jewish Beat Poet’s Final Bow

By On October 21, 2010

Jack Micheline was one of the first Beat poets–but you wouldn’t want to call him that to his face. Micheline was raised in the Bronx, in a Russian immigrant neighborhood that he called… Read More


The Talmud Weighs in on White Lies

By On October 20, 2010

Maybe honesty isn’t always the best policy. In the Talmud (Ketubot 17A), scholars from the schools of Hillel and Shammai disagree about everything. In one famous story, they debated what words one should sing when dancing… Read More


Scarface Was a Jew

By On October 19, 2010

Paul Muni–a Hungarian-born actor who came to the U.S. as a young boy and got his start in New York’s Yiddish theatre scene–was one of Hollywood’s first stars, and was the first onscreen face… Read More


Send a Salami to Your Loved Ones

By On October 18, 2010

“Send a salami to your boy in the army!” Although the phrase wasn’t invented by Katz’s Delicatessen — that honor goes to Louie the Waiter of the rival Sixth Avenue Deli —… Read More


What Do Arabs Think of Israelis?

By On October 15, 2010

The Israeli sitcom Avodah Aravit, or “Arab Labor,” is a hilarious look at the way Israeli Arabs see Israeli Jews–and an unexpectedly meaningful take on one man’s cultural schizophrenia. Now in its second season in Israel,… Read More


The Bible in Stereo

By On October 14, 2010

Samuel L. Jackson, the actor from Pulp Fiction and Snakes on a Plane, famously narrated the Christian Bible on CD. Not to be outdone, the Jewish Publication Society recently released an audio version of the Jewish… Read More