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November, 2012


‘Twas the Night Before Hanukkah

By On November 30, 2012

In comedian Lenny Bruce’s famous “Jewish vs. Goyish” sketch, Broadway star Eddie Cantor is deemed goyish, along with Kool-Aid and the Marine Corps. You might say that Cantor, though born to Russian-Jewish immigrants, was asking… Read More


David Rakoff: Half Full, in Our Book

By On November 29, 2012

Long and proud is the Jewish tradition of using sharp humor in the face of hopeless tragedy. David Rakoff – humorist, essayist, and self-described “mega Jewish writer” – was a master of this tactic. Rakoff died… Read More


All Around-the-Jewniverse Hanukkah Gift Guide

By On November 28, 2012

With Hanukkah just around the corner, it’s time to dig up some gifts for your friends and family. Lucky for you, we’ve scoured the Jewniverse for the funniest, wackiest, and smartest Jewish… Read More


The Ugly Hanukkah Sweater

By On November 27, 2012

Everybody can spot the Dreaded Christmas Sweater from miles away.  Be it worn by Bill Cosby through the better part of the eighties, by Colin Firth in That Scene in Bridget Jones’ Diary circa 2001, by… Read More


Jews Explain the New Testament

By On November 26, 2012

What’s the best way for a Jew to read the New Testament? Though some maintain that Jews should stay away from the Christian holy book altogether, many believe that it’s an important read… Read More


Tabletop Torah

By On November 23, 2012

God has more in common with a bottle of dish soap than you might think. Or at least Brooklyn-based puppeteer and educator Ora Fruchter wants you to think so. Through Creatures Teach Torah, Fruchter uses… Read More


Australia’s “Kimberley Plan” for the Jews

By On November 22, 2012

In 1939, Isaac Nachman Steinberg—lawyer, ex-Bolshevik, former comrade of Vladimir Lenin—arrived in Perth, Western Australia. His objective: to establish a homeland and safe haven for thousands of Jewish refugees in The Kimberley, in Australia’s far… Read More


Star and Shamrock

By On November 21, 2012

Some combinations are obvious: peanut butter and jelly, rock and roll, Bert and Ernie. Others aren’t quite so apparent. Take, for instance, classic Ashkenazi Jewish cuisine and traditional Irish fare. Washington DC restaurateurs Jason… Read More


Fagin the Jew

By On November 20, 2012

The antihero of Charles Dickens’s Oliver Twist is the “villainous-looking and sinister” Jewish moneylender, Fagin. Fagin is referred to as “the Jew” 257 times throughout the first two-thirds of the novel, often in the context of him… Read More


Dream of Scipio

By On November 19, 2012

When you think of Provence you probably think of the region’s famous French scenery and wine. But when novelist Iain Pears thinks of Provence he thinks of its deep—and often dark—history. His… Read More


A Cookbook Called Jerusalem

By On November 16, 2012

Chefs Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi were both born in Jerusalem in 1968. Both men had mothers who served lavish breakfasts with mystifying ease, and both inhaled falafel on their midday walks home from school, spoiling… Read More


Jews + Erotica = Jewrotica. What else?

By On November 15, 2012

What constitutes “Jewish erotica,” exactly? Does it need to feature ritual items?  Must the deed take place during a bagel brunch? Does the work just need a Jewish author, or does the… Read More