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When the High Priest Was Pelted With Citrons

By On October 14, 2014

  It’s autumn. Do you get upset when squirrels pelt you from above with acorns? Well, please count your blessings: at least they’re not etrogs, and at least you’re not a high priest with… Read More

The Amazing New Molecule Shaped Like a Jewish Star
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The Amazing New Molecule Shaped Like a Jewish Star

By On October 13, 2014

Even Isaac Asimov couldn’t dream this up. A team of University of Manchester chemists led by Professor David Leigh have invented a molecular shape that looks exactly like the Magen David – the Star of David – which could, if… Read More

The Lady Gaga of Hasidic Music
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The Lady Gaga of Hasidic Music

By On October 8, 2014

He’s been called the Jewish Elvis; he’s been called the Lady Gaga of Hasidic Music. He’s a rock star, he’s a YouTube sensation, and he’s a Hasidic Jew. He is Lipa Schmeltzer, and his wardrobe is way… Read More

Why "Back to the Future" is About the World to Come
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The Surprising Hasidic Subtext of a Popular New Novel

By On October 7, 2014

Ben Lerner is not primarily a novelist – he’s a poet. He’s also not a Hasid. But his new novel 10:04 opens with a quote: “Hasidim tell a story about the world to come that says everything there… Read More

Finally! Seinfeld in Yiddish.
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Finally! Seinfeld in Yiddish

By On October 6, 2014

The trademark bass-slapping is at first replaced with the opening bars of “Sunrise, Sunset” from Fiddler on the Roof, but otherwise it looks like any other Seinfeld re-run – until Jerry and Elaine open their mouths and… Read More

When the Hearthrob of the Yiddish Cinema Sang Kol Nidre
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When the Hearthrob of the Yiddish Cinema Led Kol Nidre

By On October 3, 2014

If Kol Nidre has never made you shiver with emotion, then you must see the 1940 acclaimed Yiddish film Overture to Glory. Made in New York, the film offers a glimpse at a world—and an art… Read More

The Refugees' Japanese Savior
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The Refugees’ Japanese Savior

By On October 2, 2014

With the Soviet Occupation of Lithuania in full swing and the encroachment of Nazism around the corner, Jewish Polish refugees and Lithuanians were desperate for a way out. Introducing Chiune Sugihara, Vice-Consul for the Empire… Read More

The Crazy New App for Using Your iPhone on Shabbos
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The Crazy New App For Using Your iPhone on Shabbos

By On October 1, 2014

Shabbos and technology: two great tastes that taste great together? The makers of the new Shabbos App, available in February from the iTunes Store and Google Play, want to convince you that, though… Read More

The First Jewish Postage Stamp
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Celebrating Hanukkah, USPS-Style

By On September 30, 2014

  You’ve recited selichot. You’ve blown the shofar. You’re doing your teshuvah. All that’s left is to get your final Jewish New Year card into the mail before you have to repent for missing the season. But which stamps… Read More

Fashion Tips From NYC's Most Stylin' Bubbes
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Fashion Tips From NYC’s Most Stylin’ Bubbes

By On September 29, 2014

Is your bubbe your style inspiration? If you just got a mental image of women in tracksuits, or frumpy dresses, you’re probably not alone. But Ari Seth Cohen sees things differently. Cohen,… Read More

The Other Persian Jews
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The Other Persian Jews

By On September 24, 2014

Make plov, a delicious Bukharan dish, for Rosh Hashanah! If you’re not from the region and you’re not a Near East cultural scholar, chances are that when you think about Persian Jews,… Read More

Two Young Montrealers and Their YidLife Crisis
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Two Young Jews and Their YidLife Crisis

By On September 23, 2014

  YidLife Crisis, a new web series, begins with not-your-average MPAA warning: “The following contains references to adult situations and coarse language. In Yiddish.” Adult situations may include: eating treyf in the form of Montrealish… Read More