Browsing Archive

October, 2013


The 3 Most Important Jewish Words

By On October 31, 2013

If you’ve never heard the Yiddish/Hebrew phrase, “kein ayin hara,” get ready to meet your new favorite saying.  Literally, these words translate as “no evil eye.” Together, they function as a Jewish “knock on… Read More


Young Yiddish Love Among the Nazis

By On October 30, 2013

The second Yiddish language film to be produced in North America in 70 years, and Canada’s first, The Pin is a bleak, moving film about love and remembrance. Set in 1941 Lithuania, The Pin tells the story of a burial guard named… Read More


Polish Catholic Brothers and a Village’s Unsavory Past

By On October 29, 2013

The past might never be dead, but just how deeply can it be buried? That’s the question brothers Franek and Jozek grapple with as they uncover the secrets of their rural Polish… Read More


Jewish Camp Songs Like You Never Heard Them Before

By On October 24, 2013

Think back to your weeks at Jewish summer camp—site of first kisses, pranks, and, of course, endless singing. Now ask yourself: As you belted out Adon Olam for the 100th time, did you ever wish,… Read More


The Jewish Baseball Star Who Outran a Horse

By On October 23, 2013

Lipman Pike was not only the first Jewish American sports star and professional baseball player, he was the first pro baseball player altogether. Oh, and there was that time he outran a horse. Born in New… Read More


An Undercover Jewess, Uncovered

By On October 22, 2013

Jews have long had their place in every aspect in the movie business—and we mean every aspect. In 1933, Ecstasy, the first film to depict sexual intercourse and the female orgasm—not to mention… Read More


Shirley Jackson’s ‘The Lottery’— and the Jews

By On October 21, 2013

“The Lottery” might be the most famous American short story. Written by Shirley Jackson and published in the New Yorker in 1948, it tells of an unnamed American town where, once a year, residents draw… Read More


Will the Real Menachem Begin Please Stand Up?

By On October 18, 2013

Have you ever wished you could be a fly on the wall in the chambers of Israel’s political elite? In The Prime Ministers, a new documentary from Moriah Films that premieres in NYC today, you… Read More


Anna Karenina, Alive and Not That Well in Queens

By On October 17, 2013

Thought hundreds of pages about the Russian aristocracy described a world utterly foreign from our own? Irina Reyn’s English-language take on Anna Karenina may be refreshingly slimmer than Tolstoy’s opus but the world it describes is… Read More


J.R.R. Tolkien: Not A Jew

By On October 16, 2013

In 1938 J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel The Hobbit was achieving great publishing success in English, and a German publishing company subsequently sought the rights to translate it into German. But before they could go ahead… Read More


Falafel Philosophy

By On October 15, 2013

The Israeli writer Assaf Gavron straddles the deathly funny and deathly serious. In his novel Almost Dead, a man survives multiple suicide-bomb attacks and inadvertently becomes a national hero. His clever and subversive work, Eating Standing… Read More


Rav Yehuda Gets His Groove On

By On October 14, 2013

“Said Rav Yehuda: Even silence has its rules,” announces spoken word poet Jake Marmer at the start of his new album, Hermeneutic Stomp. Between his rhythmic poem-spitting and the frantic, tight, dazzling grooves of… Read More