Tamar Fox

Tamar Fox is a writer and editor living in Philadelphia. Her children's book, No Baths at Camp, was published in 2013 by Kar-Ben, and her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, the Jerusalem Post, Tablet Magazine, MyJewishLearning.com, and many other publications.


The Dazzling Way Your Cantor Prays for Competence on the High Holidays

By On September 20, 2017

It’s hard out there for a cantor. On any regular week you have to lead a congregation in prayers, hopefully with a nice voice and a pleasing style. And if that pressure… Read More


A Virginia Jew Created These Controversial Confederate Statues

By On August 25, 2017

Jews are a prominent part of today’s conversation about American racism and confederate history. Many have denounced Trump’s response to the events in Charlottesville, and this week, three groups of rabbis canceled… Read More


Dazzling Animated Art For the Holiday of Shavuot

By On May 30, 2017

This evening, May 30th, is the end of the Omer, the 50 days Jews tick off from Passover, which marks the Israelites’s exodus from Egypt, to Shavuot, when they received the Torah. Back in the… Read More


The Black Newspaper That Championed Jewish Hair

By On January 16, 2017

The Chicago Defender comes out of the South Side (here’s looking at you, Michelle Lavaughn Obama) and focuses on the city’s African-American population. But it also has a surprising history of covering… Read More


This Syrian Jewish Cookbook Shows Life After Exile

By On December 20, 2016

In the last hundred years, as Syria has become less friendly to Jews, a trickle of emigration turned into a stream, and ended last year when the final Syrian Jews were smuggled… Read More


The Jewish Native American Tribal Judge

By On October 31, 2016

Picture a Native American tribal judge. Now add a full beard, kippah, and payes. Pepper his speech with some New Jersey intonations and you may be looking at Chabad Lubavich-educated Alaskan tribal… Read More


TV’s Favorite Alaskan Kaddish

By On October 24, 2016

What do you do when you need a minyan and you’re in a remote Alaskan village, with no other Jews? This might not seem like the most obvious premise of a prime-time… Read More


How These Cameroonian Christians Became Jews

By On October 19, 2016

In the Central African country of Cameroon, a Pentescostal church studying the New Testament had a problem. The Old Testament said that God couldn’t be a person. So how could Jesus, in… Read More

This Ancient Jewish Martial Art From Jamaica or Yemen or Ethiopia or Something

The Ancient Jewish Martial Art From Jamaica or Yemen or Ethiopia or Something

By On September 20, 2016

Depending on your penchant for skepticism, Abir Qesheth is either an ancient Jewish martial art passed down from Yemenite warriors or a brand new martial art created by a former rapper named Yehoshua… Read More


Rabbi, May I Beat My Wife, Please?

By On September 9, 2016

Under what conditions, the Talmud asks, may a man beat his wife? This is an important question given that a bad wife, in the rabbis’ estimation, may be beaten. A bad wife,… Read More


Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Hummus Is In This Film

By On August 31, 2016

Where can you find the best hummus in the world, and understand what goes into it? Hummus! The Movie provides some answers while offering a fun and fascinating look at the cutthroat… Read More


A “Whodunnit” Murder Mystery About Anti-Semitism in Modern Poland

By On August 25, 2016

How deep does anti-Semitism go in modern Poland? In the riveting Polish thriller A Grain of Truth, a woman turns up dead in the small village of Sandomierz, and prosecutor Teodor Szacki… Read More

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