Temim Fruchter

Temim Fruchter is a writer of stories and poems and a lover of pop culture and pancakes living on the edge of a forest in Washington, D.C. She believes in magic and has been known to eat half a challah in one sitting. She is also an aspiring but thus-far-failed queer yenta.

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Tell Your Dog: It’s Jewish Animal New Year Time!

By On September 14, 2017

Most Jews will tell you that other than Rosh Hashanah, the Hebrew month of Elul isn’t terribly notable. It’s just the time to make High Holiday plans—right? According to the Mishna, though,… Read More

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Lailah, the Angel of Conception, Left Her Mark On Your Face

By On June 30, 2017

You might not know it, but you have a philtrum and everyone who looks at you can see it. The philtrum—that groove we all have above our upper lips—may not be a… Read More

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Why Some Jews Cut Their Fingernails in a Funny Order

By On April 26, 2017

Jewish tradition has a strange and ancient obsession with fingernails. So ancient, in fact, that it dates back to the biblical human originals themselves, Adam and Eve, who were said to have… Read More

Sweden's Outrageous Jewish '90s Pop Band
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Sweden’s Outrageous ’90s Jewish Dance Band

By On July 1, 2015

It’s fair to say that Swedish dance pop, high camp and bands whose names begin with “A” are pretty snuggly bedfellows. After all, Sweden is responsible for giving us Abba and Ace… Read More

How Mah-Jongg Became Jewish
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How Mah-Jongg Became Jewish

By On December 12, 2014

How did a game that graced ancient Chinese tables (in the company, some posit, of Confucius) come to grace contemporary Jewish tables (in the company, perhaps, of babka and Slivovitz)? While books,… Read More

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A Biblical Soap Opera Gets Its Primetime Debut

By On December 5, 2014

  If you love Bible stories for their soap-opera grade drama, you’ll swoon over adaptions of said stories that make them even juicier. Take, for example, Anita Diamant’s The Red Tent, a… Read More

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Gilbert and Sullivan Go Yiddish

By On March 21, 2013

There’s nothing inherently Yiddish-y about Gilbert and Sullivan‘s body of work. But that hasn’t stopped Al Grand, a retired New York City schoolteacher, from making a name for himself by penning Yiddish interpretations of… Read More

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Manipur to TLV: Lost Tribe Landing

By On March 11, 2013

Last month, Mirna Singsit became the 2,000th member of India’s Bnei Menashe community to immigrate to Israel. As the video below shows, the wave of immigration with which she arrived was pretty momentous. To understand why, you have… Read More

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Efrat Gosh: The Israeli Edith Piaf

By On March 5, 2013

Eliciting comparisons to Edith Piaf is no small feat for a performer. And yet Israeli chanteuse Efrat Gosh is doing it time and time again. Maybe it’s the playful flirtatiousness of her performance that earns her… Read More

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Let My People Go

By On January 24, 2013

There’s a place where romantic fairy tale meets French bedroom farce, and where campy inside jokes about gay and Jewish stereotypes collide. This is the place where Mikael Buch’s new film Let My People Go! sits… Read More

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This Hit Yiddish Song Sold for Just $30

By On December 19, 2012

Jewish maternal disappointment may never have been quite so dramatic – nor quite so public – as that of Anna Secunda, mother of composer Shalom Secunda, circa 1937. According to one article, she… Read More

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David Rakoff: Half Full, in Our Book

By On November 29, 2012

Long and proud is the Jewish tradition of using sharp humor in the face of hopeless tragedy. David Rakoff – humorist, essayist, and self-described “mega Jewish writer” – was a master of this tactic. Rakoff died… Read More