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February, 2013


Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Leonard Cohen

By On February 28, 2013

Before he recorded “Suzanne” or “Hallelujah” or retreated to a Zen Monastery on Mt. Baldy for 5 years, Leonard Cohen was the subject of Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Leonard Cohen, a 1965 documentary that offers… Read More


The Kubbeh Project Takes NYC

By On February 27, 2013

During the first 3 weeks of March, Tel Aviv-based chef Itamar Lewensohn will serve up Iraqi-Jewish comfort food beside the cafes, yoga studios, and music venues of New York City’s East Village. The… Read More


The Most Popular Jewish Picture

By On February 26, 2013

Twentieth-century Jewish-American homes tended to have one thing in common: a Jewish National Fund blue tzedakah box. According to a new book by Eliyahu Stern, a distinctive artifact linked 19th-century European-Jewish homes, too: the… Read More


Dr. Giovanni: Jewish Pickpocket Supreme

By On February 25, 2013

A recent New Yorker profile of contemporary pickpocket Apollo Robbins briefly mentioned another theatrical thief who has since slipped into obscurity: Dr. Giovanni, a Hungarian Jew hailed as the most entertaining pickpocket of the 1930s… Read More

Gangname Style in Chicago

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


Ad D’lo Yada Between This Way, That Way, Or That

By On February 22, 2013

You may be familiar with ad d’lo yada, the Aramaic term for the Purim tradition of drinking so much you can’t distinguish between the Purim story’s hero, Mordecai, and its villain, Haman. What you are… Read More


Unterzakhn: The Graphic Novel

By On February 21, 2013

In the beginning, there was the Lower East Side – the place where it all began for hundreds of thousands of Eastern European Jews. Crowded, dirty, poor. Home to more hopes and tragedies than… Read More


Bernard Malamud, The Clumsy Teenage Writer

By On February 20, 2013

Before he wrote The Fixer and won the Pulitzer Prize, Bernard Malamud, like so many before him, was a humble high school student who submitted an essay to the Scholastic Art and Writing Award for teenagers. Unlike… Read More


Video: A Millenial Becomes a Man

By On February 19, 2013

Daniel’s becoming a man! With the help of Atlanta royalty Shaquille O’Neal, Charles Barkley, and Mayor Kasim Reed, a boy tells the world – with a small army of fixers and production… Read More


“I UNPLUG TO . . . cuddle”

By On February 19, 2013

Being connected 24/7 is practically a requirement for the 21st-century American worker. Some—like Officer Jeffrey Allen who’s making news for suing the Chicago Police Department for requiring him to check his BlackBerry off the… Read More


What Ever Happened to Those Jewish Student Radicals?

By On February 18, 2013

It’s no secret that Jews were disproportionately involved in the campus activism of the 60s and 70s. What many don’t know is that those Jews were doing a fair amount of writing, and even… Read More


The Woman Who Smuggled Children From the Ghetto

By On February 15, 2013

When Nazi tanks rolled into Warsaw in 1939, a 29-year-old Catholic woman named Irena Sendler made a decision: she would not stand by as her country’s Jews were persecuted. Despite smuggling approximately… Read More