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This Jewish Couple Stood Up for Their Neighbors Before Fleeing America’s Dream Town

By On September 4, 2017

Levittown was supposed to be the realization of the American Dream. Imagined by William Levitt, a Jewish real-estate developer, America’s first mass-produced suburbs were designed for returning World War II vets. The… Read More

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Why an Ancient Tablet Describing an Ark Isn’t Proof the Biblical Story Happened

By On August 31, 2017

Amazing rescue stories are starting to emerge from Texas. The human chain that helped an elderly man exit his stranded car. Volunteers coming from afar on Jet Skis and fishing boats. It got… Read More

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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

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This Jewish Punk Band Existed to Spite Neo-Nazis

By On August 25, 2017

What’s a Jewish punk fan to do about all that skinhead punk out there? Some choose to ignore it, while others choose mockery instead. Take the spoof band Jewdriver, whose guiding motivation… Read More

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The Talmud Says Eclipses Are a Bad Omen. Sorry.

By On August 18, 2017

Jews have a prayer for everything, from eating a new fruit to using the toilet. So what does the Talmud say about an eclipse? “The Sages taught: When the sun is eclipsed… Read More

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The Fierce Activists Turning Neo-Nazi Graffiti Into Art

By On August 16, 2017

Despite being outlawed, anti-Semitic, anti-Islamic, and anti-immigrant graffiti and stickers often get sprayed onto German walls and telephone poles nonetheless. A group of graffiti artists and one spirited septuagenarian have taken matters into their… Read More

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Emma Goldman’s Ice Cream Parlor Bankrolled Her Anarchism

By On August 14, 2017

Emma Goldman’s ideas on labor were radical. She abhorred the aristocracy, championed the working class, and detested the very notion of business. She also sold ice cream. Goldman and her lover Alexander… Read More

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How a White Jewish Boxer Made African-American Sports History

By On August 9, 2017

He’s not a household name anymore, but in 1908, John Arthur “Jack” Johnson of Galveston, Texas, became the first African-American heavyweight champion of the world. And to whom did he credit his… Read More

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In 1950, Anne Frank’s Diary Was Rescued From the Publisher’s Reject Pile

By On August 4, 2017

It turns out Anne Frank might owe her literary immortality to a young American editorial assistant named Judith Jones, who’d followed her love of French cooking to Paris in 1945. Five years… Read More

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What the Yiddish Diary of a 17th-Century German Woman Can Tell Us Today

By On August 3, 2017

The history of women can feel riddled with gaps, especially during times when education was the privilege of men. But one 17th-century Jewish woman, known as Gluckel of Hameln, left us a priceless window… Read More

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This Jewish Hollywood Cowboy Invented the Pie-in-the-Face Genre

By On August 1, 2017

A Jewish kid from Arkansas pulls off the ultimate reinvention and makes himself a cowboy. In the process, he becomes a motion-picture pioneer — not least by filming the first on-screen pie-in-the… Read More

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This Jewish Woman Should Have Been a Nazi Germany Gold Medalist

By On July 27, 2017

In 1936, Germany barred its own high jump champion from participating in the Olympics – even though she was on track to win gold. At a championship meet one month before the… Read More