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August, 2013


The Jew Who Gave Roosevelt a Bad Rap

By On August 30, 2013

Close your eyes and picture the one person who did the most to save Jews from the Holocaust. Did you picture Oskar Schindler? Irena Sendler? Raoul Wallenberg? How about…Franklin Delano Roosevelt? If a Zionist activist… Read More


Our Four Genetic Moms

By On August 29, 2013

On Friday nights Jews traditionally bless their daughters to emulate Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Leah. But the women these girls actually take after are 4 other women entirely. In a genetic study conducted in 2002, scientists found that 40%… Read More


A Graphic Novel with Jerusalem as its Hero

By On August 28, 2013

Boaz Yakin’s latest graphic novel, Jerusalem, based on his family history, begins and ends with a boy running: first to arrive at school on time, and later, to escape the grisly scene of… Read More


The Israeli-American Music Mogul

By On August 27, 2013

Remember the Israeli keffiyeh controversy? Semitic Swag, the LA “lifestyle brand” behind it, is headed by Erez Safar, a DJ/producer who is perhaps better known for his non-sartorial endeavors. And he’s just made… Read More


Wear Tzitzit, Skip Sex

By On August 26, 2013

If you’ve never thought of prayer fringes serving a practical purpose, one particularly lewd Talmudic episode may change your mind. In this story, a tzitzit-donning man undertakes a faraway and expensive journey to procure the… Read More


The Original Yiddish Girl Band

By On August 23, 2013

A girl group that got its start on a local radio show, and eventually made it big, appearing on late-night talk shows, and touring all over the world. The Spice Girls? The… Read More


The Google Glass Goes Jewish

By On August 22, 2013

It seems like Jewish apps have existed as long as the smartphone. Your iPhone can teach you to bake challah, take you to the Western Wall, and even say the prayer after meals. But now,… Read More


Freud’s Jewish Mistress

By On August 21, 2013

Vienna, 1895. Minna Bernays, a laughably incompetent lady’s companion, moves in with her sister Martha and Martha’s husband, Sigmund Freud. Freud, a 39-year-old struggling professor of the fledgling field of psychotherapy, is charmed by the… Read More


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


Anti-Semitic Rioting in Wales

By On August 19, 2013

Wales is famous for being the home of woolly sheep and Tom Jones and difficult-to-pronounce place names (Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant, we’re looking at you). What it’s not known for is anti-Semitic violence. But 102 years ago today,… Read More


“This American Life” Goes Israeli

By On August 16, 2013

A story about a classical composer who, after sustaining a brain injury, had to teach herself how to listen to music again. A man standing by the side of the road in… Read More


The Sage and the Bathhouse

By On August 15, 2013

Q: What’s worse than a rabbinic sage frequenting a den of public nudity and sex adorned with statues of pagan goddesses? A: A rabbinic sage discussing Torah in that den. Read on: The Mishnah relates… Read More