Molly Tolsky

Molly Tolsky is an editor at 70 Faces Media and the senior editor of No Tokens. She lives in New York, where she received an MFA in Fiction Writing from Sarah Lawrence College.

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Nudie Cohn, Glittery Jewish Tailor to Elvis and the Grand Ole Opry

By On May 4, 2017

Something interesting started happening, fashion-wise, among America’s country music stars of the ‘60s and ‘70s. It seemed anyone who took the stage at the Grand Ole Opry—from Hank Williams to Gram Parsons—was… Read More

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Notorious B.I.G. Worked at a Brooklyn Synagogue as a Teen

By On March 15, 2017

Earlier this month passed the 20th anniversary of the murder of Notorious B.I.G., arguably one of the most influential rappers of all time. But before he was the face of East Coast… Read More

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The Jewish Burlesque Dancer Who’s Fat & Proud of It

By On March 13, 2017

What’s a nice Jewish girl from the suburbs of D.C. doing taking her clothes off for money? Living out her childhood dream, and making a powerful, body-positive statement along the way. Fancy… Read More

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Watch Joan Collins Play Queen Esther on the Big Screen

By On March 9, 2017

From Cecil B. DeMille’s Ten Commandments to the 2014 film Noah, epic stories of biblical proportion are no stranger to the silver screen. Yet one you may be less familiar with is the… Read More

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Was Stalin’s Death a Purim Miracle?

By On March 8, 2017

An evil man rises to power with a grand plan to eliminate the Jews, until a twist of fate—a miracle!—happens, and the evil man dies; the Jews survive. Who was that evil… Read More

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A Beastie Boy’s Ode to Jewish Brooklyn—In Wallpaper Form

By On March 3, 2017

Mike D: founding member of the Beastie Boys, Jewish kid from NYC, and interior decorator specializing in Jewish themes? Michael “Mike D” Diamond, who rapped, sang, and played drums for everybody’s favorite… Read More

Make a Sephardic Seder, Whip Your Friends With Scallions
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Make a Sephardic Seder, Whip Your Friends With Scallions

By On April 21, 2016

  After sitting for hours—and hours and hours—around the seder table with your family, you may feel like hitting someone (looking at you, drunk Uncle Ivan). If your family is Sephardic and… Read More

That Time Princess Leia Married Paul Simon
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That Time Princess Leia Married Paul Simon

By On December 17, 2015

  Let’s do some math. “One and one-half wandering Jews / Free to wander wherever they choose” begins the title track of Paul Simon’s album Hearts and Bones. Simon himself makes up… Read More

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Meet Mark Twain’s Jewish Son-in-Law

By On November 10, 2015

When you think of Mark Twain, chances are white fences and the Mississippi River spring to mind a long time before anything Jewish does. But the man lauded both as “the greatest… Read More

Vladimir Nabokov's Spirited Jewish Wife
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Vladimir Nabokov’s Spirited Jewish Wife

By On September 24, 2015

They say behind every great man is a great woman. In the case of the legendary Russian novelist Vladimir Nabokov, that great woman must have been mighty busy, acting as the writer’s… Read More

Was John Steinbeck Jewish?
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Was John Steinbeck Jewish?

By On September 16, 2015

Was John Steinbeck Jewish? On the one hand, it isn’t totally out of the question—his last name begins with Stein, after all. But back in 1940 when anti-Semitic rumors claimed that the… Read More

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Gaming the Nazis, and Chess

By On December 23, 2013

You don’t often hear of concentration-camp inmates using their chess skills to win favor with Nazi guards before managing to escape. Nor do you hear of Hungarians learning Hebrew as adults and then becoming celebrated satirists… Read More