Browsing Archive

April, 2014


The Quirky Film That’s Saving an Italian Synagogue

By On April 30, 2014

A new indie Italian comedy will change the way you look at Jewish cemeteries forever—not to mention that boot-shaped country by the sea. Based on a true family story, Felice Nel Box by first-time director Ghila Valabrega begins… Read More


Scrolling Through a Mysterious Polish Shtetl

By On April 29, 2014

Looking to get away but don’t want to deal with the logistics of flights, or well, traveling? Luckily for you, you can now transport yourself to an old, mysterious shtetl named Radzyn hidden deep… Read More


When Dr. Mengele Moved to Argentina

By On April 28, 2014

When Adolf Eichmann was captured by the Mossad in Argentina, it made headlines all over the world. Eichmann was the biggest name to be captured, but Josef Mengele, Auschwitz’s infamous Dr. Death, was hiding… Read More


On Loving and Hating the Pope

By On April 25, 2014

John Paul II: interfaith advocate, sometime-supporter of Israel, and, soon, saint. Born Karol Wojtyła in Wadowice, Poland, in 1920, John Paul II was the first pope to officially visit a synagogue. He… Read More


A Love for Flavor, Straight from the IDF

By On April 24, 2014

During his stint in the Israeli Defense Forces  Lior Lev Sercarz was once responsible for frying 200 pieces of schnitzel on a propane stove while Lebanese rockets flew overhead. Perhaps because he got his start cooking… Read More


Jew and WASP, in 20th-Century Manhattan

By On April 23, 2014

Joanna Hershon’s fervently readable new novel, A Dual Inheritance, follows friends of different ethnicities and classes as they swerve through the awkwardness of adolescence into the complexity of middle age. Like Rich Boy, The Interestings,… Read More


Martha Stewart and the Case of the WASPy Matzah

By On April 18, 2014

Poor Martha Stewart. A few years ago she wasn’t invited to a Passover seder. Never one to miss an opportunity to participate in a lavish meal, Stewart—though not a Jew herself—wanted to keep… Read More


Beatboxing for Passover

By On April 17, 2014

For a people so committed to explaining ourselves, it’s not terribly surprising that at some point, we’d find a way to fit beatboxing into the story of Passover if it could help us enliven the… Read More


Suicide Prevention at the Seder Table

By On April 14, 2014

On the night of the seder, Elijah the Prophet plays Santa Claus (well, those aren’t the exact words) hopping from one seder to the next, visiting every matzah-crumby table and sipping wine left out for him. But Elijah… Read More


Painting Your Fingernails With Plagues

By On April 11, 2014

When recounting the story of the ten plagues at the seder table, you may have found that dipping a pinkie finger in wine is just not realistic enough. Wine is kind of reminiscent of… Read More


Passover with Metallica

By On April 10, 2014

That kid in your math class with greasy hair and the black muscle shirt might not have known it, but Metallica’s 1984 hit “Creeping Death” is inspired by the second half of… Read More


How Big Is Your Afikoman?

By On April 9, 2014

How many Saltines can you eat in a minute? How about an even harder challenge: How much matzah can you eat when it comes time to eat the afikoman? And how much maror can you eat before… Read More