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Clarice Lispector, Brazil’s Beloved Writer, Was Born in a Russian Shtetl

By On October 25, 2017

The modernist Brazilian novelist Clarice Lispector is widely hailed as one of the greatest Latin American writers of the 20th century. What you wouldn’t guess from that fact is that she was born… Read More

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Love and Tears in a Mother and Sons’ Reunion, 70 Years After the Holocaust

By On October 20, 2017

Izak Szewelwicz thought he knew his mother Aida. After giving birth to him in the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp, she’d sent him to Palestine when she departed for Canada. Though they later… Read More

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Why This Charming Anne Frank Halloween Costume is No Longer For Sale

By On October 19, 2017

In a blow to enthusiasts of off-color role play, HalloweenCostumes.com, a Minnesota-based company, pulled an Anne Frank-themed costume from their site last Sunday, when the item went viral due, perhaps, to some… Read More

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The Baddest Yiddish-Speaking Jews of Warsaw and New York

By On October 18, 2017

Eddy Portnoy’s just-released Bad Rabbi and Other Strange but True Stories from the Yiddish Press reminds us that not all Jewish immigrants and migrants did well. Sure, some became doctors, lawyers, and… Read More

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We Could Not Be Happier About This 1980s Jewish Kitsch Music Album

By On October 16, 2017

Gefilte Joe and the Fish, Oy George, Georgie Girl, The Screaming Faloshes – these aren’t the punchlines of bad Jewish jokes, but the names of four “bands” who recorded Jewish novelty tunes… Read More

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When King Kong’s Creator Was Interrogated by a Legendary Jewish Writer

By On October 10, 2017

Coincidences involving famous Jewish writers and a giant, stampeding ape don’t come around very often. This one begins with Russian Jewish author and diarist Isaac Babel, who documented the horrors of the… Read More

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Lena Dunham, Sarah Silverman, and Other Jewish Celebrities Dish About Their Shrinks

By On October 4, 2017

Jews make great therapy patients. Just ask Sarah Silverman, Gary Shteyngart, or Lena Dunham: long-time devotees of the therapy couch. Shrink, a new short-form video series created by Spielbergs, a collaboration of… Read More

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How a Protestant New Yorker Smuggled Marc Chagall and Hannah Arendt Out of Nazi France

By On October 2, 2017

In 1994, a man whose later years were spent as a high school Latin teacher was recognized by Yad Vashem as a righteous among the nations. In 1935, it turns out, Mr.… Read More

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This Holocaust Survivor’s Two-Step About Auschwitz Went Viral

By On September 27, 2017

Where does a prisoner rescued from Auschwitz find the strength to immediately pivot and fight his captors? “Music” might sound cliche, but when survivor/infantryman/cantor David Wisnia says so, he means it. In… Read More

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This Little-Known German Jewish Refugee Made Stirring Art About Trauma

By On September 26, 2017

Imagine a box made of and filled with wire and string, frayed cloth, rotted paper, wood, stitching, netting, and mesh. Imagine that this box symbolizes the trauma and beauty of the world.… Read More

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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

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A New Brazilian Holocaust Documentary as Beautiful as an Impressionist Painting

By On September 14, 2017

The new documentary Red Trees is unlike any Holocaust film we’ve seen. Visually stunning, it is filmmaker Marina Willer’s loving, poetic tribute to her father, Alfred, whose Jewish family was among the… Read More

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