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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

This Robot With an iPad Head Is the New Face of Israel Activism
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This Robot With an iPad Head Is the New Face of Israel Activism

By On March 8, 2016

Rumor has it that most of our jobs are at risk of being automated — yes, even the pithy Jewish bloggers among us. But we thought that one bit of human capital… Read More

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Albert Einstein’s Little-Known Civil Rights Activism

By On March 4, 2016

  In 1946, history’s resident genius Albert Einstein was awarded an honorary degree by Lincoln University. After lecturing on physics during his speech, Einstein spoke out against some of the most pressing… Read More

The Radical Jew Behind Hillary Clinton AND Bernie Sanders
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The Radical Jew Behind Hillary Clinton AND Bernie Sanders

By On February 22, 2016

  Saul Alinsky was a true-blue political disruptor. Born in Chicago to Russian Jewish emigres in 1909, Alinsky was so fed up with social injustice, inequality, and racism, that he invented modern… Read More

The Jewish Women Who Broke Big Garment’s Back
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The Jewish Women Who Broke Big Garment’s Back

By On October 6, 2015

If on Labor Day you hadn’t already thanked a union for your weekends and overtime, here’s your chance to make amends. This month marks the 106th anniversary of the International Ladies Garment… Read More

Turns Out Rav Kook Was a Vegetarian Renegade
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Turns Out Rav Kook Was a Vegetarian Renegade

By On August 31, 2015

  While vegetarianism is not an official tenet of Orthodox Jewish belief, certain scholars feel the Torah suggests that Jews should abstain from eating meat. Abraham Isaac Kook—the late Torah scholar, and… Read More

The 19th-Century Jewish Anarchist Named Emma
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A New York City Anarchist Named Emma

By On September 11, 2014

A far cry from mallrats sporting Che Guevara t-shirts and pocket manifestos, Emma Goldman was the real deal: anarchist, lecturer, writer, and all around intellectual instigator. Born in Kaunas, Lithuania in 1869 to an Orthodox family,… Read More

Policeman
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An Israeli Film Popping With Lipstick and Guns

By On June 11, 2014

Shirtless men on bicycles, male bonding, gender relations, and social unrest. In Policeman, Israeli director Nadav Lapid’s newest film, opening in select theaters on June 13, a band of special operations unit policemen,… Read More

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What Ever Happened to Those Jewish Student Radicals?

By On February 18, 2013

It’s no secret that Jews were disproportionately involved in the campus activism of the 60s and 70s. What many don’t know is that those Jews were doing a fair amount of writing, and even… Read More

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He Shall Be Released

By On August 14, 2012

In 1968, Bob Dylan and Jacques Levy wrote “Hurricane,” a song about a man, Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, who many believed was falsely convicted of murder. The song became one of Dylan’s most successful singles,… Read More