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 Surprising Nazi Origins of the Olympic Torch Relay
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The Surprising Nazi Origins of the Olympic Torch Relay

By On August 4, 2016

The Olympics are supposed to be a time when the world unites to celebrate elite athletes, but it has long been a complicated event for Jews. The Munich massacre of Israeli athletes… Read More

Trump’s Supporters Are Making Us Miss the E-Mezuzah
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Could the E-Mezuzah Have Saved the Internet?

By On August 4, 2016

Given that Deuteronomy tells us, “And you shall inscribe them on the doorposts (mezuzot) of our house and on your gates,” Jews generally affix a mezuzah to the doorway of their homes.… Read More

Spielberg's Next Film is on this 6-Year-Old Kidnapped by the Church and Raised by the Pope
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This Jewish 6-Year-Old Was Kidnapped Then Raised by the Pope

By On June 28, 2016

One day in June of 1858, a policeman arrived at the home of Momolo and Marianna Mortara in Bologna, Italy, to take away their six-year-old son, Edgardo. The Mortaras were Jewish, but… Read More

The Radical Israeli Activists Who Golda Meir Famously Called "Not Nice"
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The Radical Israeli Activists Who Golda Meir Famously Called “Not Nice”

By On June 22, 2016

The Black Lives Matters movement has rich precedents not just in the American Black Panthers movement of the 1960s and 1970s, but in an Israeli activist group of the same name. Back… Read More

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Animated Art to Complete the Countdown to Shavuot

By On June 9, 2016

Friday night, June 10th marks the final day of the Omer, the 50 days Jews tick off from Passover (the Exodus) to Shavuot (receiving the Torah).   Back in the day, the… Read More

A Blog That Mixes the Perfect Drink for Every Torah Portion
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A Blog That Mixes the Perfect Drink for Every Torah Portion

By On May 31, 2016

Have you ever been reading the weekly Torah portion and thought to yourself, “I could really use a drink”? If you know that feeling, we have just the blog for you: Tippling… Read More

The 1990s' Baby-Sitters Club Books for Orthodox Girls
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The 1990s’ Baby-Sitters Club Books for Orthodox Girls

By On May 26, 2016

  In the 1980s and 1990s, The Baby-Sitters Club ruled. The series, created by Ann M. Martin, followed a group of middle school girls as they babysat and navigated life as pre-teens,… Read More

Imagine: Israel Never Happened and the Jews All Live in Madagascar
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Imagine: Israel Never Happened and the Jews All Live in Madagascar

By On May 10, 2016

In one version of the alternate reality in which the Holocaust never happened and Israel was never established, there was the possibility of a very different outcome: the so-called African solution. In 1940,… Read More

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Watch Madoff’s Hadassah-Lady Lover in the ABC Miniseries

By On May 2, 2016

Madoff, ABC’s 2016 Bernie Madoff miniseries didn’t shy away from one of the cringe-worthiest parts of Madoff’s malevolence: his sordid affair with a Hadassah lady. Sheryl Weinstein was the CFO for the… Read More

The Jewish Ghosts of Africa's Cape Verde Islands
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The Jewish Ghosts of Africa’s Cape Verde Islands

By On April 25, 2016

Geography pop quiz: Can you find Cape Verde on a map? If you can’t, don’t beat yourself up–this small group of islands off the west coast of Africa, near Senegal, is not… Read More

How Passover Inspired The Jewish Stop on the Underground Railroad
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How Passover Inspired The Jewish Stop on the Underground Railroad

By On April 19, 2016

  “Once we were slaves in Egypt. Now we are free people.” These words from the Haggadah rang in the ears of Jews who fought to end slavery in the United States.… Read More

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An 11-Year Old Orthodox Superhero Named Mirka

By On April 7, 2016

Meet Mirka. Sure, she wears a uniform from her Bais Yaakov (that is, her Orthodox girls’ school) and long braids, but this 11-year-old Hasidic girl is also a superhero who fights trolls,… Read More