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In 1901, These Photos of Yemeni Jews Amazed the Western World

By On May 1, 2017

Since the establishment of the State of Israel (69 years ago today!), the vast majority of Yemen’s Jewish population has migrated to the Jewish State. Half a century earlier, a young German… Read More


The Nazi Gravesite in the Heart of the Amazon

By On January 5, 2017

Deep inside the Brazilian Amazon there’s a curious site: A swastika-bearing cross marking a Nazi grave, inscribed: “Joseph Greiner died here of fever on Jan. 2, 1936, in the service of German… Read More


Sinbad in the Talmud

By On April 25, 2012

The Talmudic sage Rabbah bar bar Hana got around. Unlike most scholars of his time–who stuck to either a yeshiva in Jerusalem or in Babylonia–bar bar Hana traveled back and forth between both places. But, in… Read More


Jewish Gangsters

By On December 30, 2011

In the 1999 book Tough Jews, former Rolling Stone editor Rich Cohen profiled Jewish gangsters, from Murder, Inc. to a hit man who wouldn’t kill on the Sabbath. The new website–a self-proclaimed “Internet index of tough Jews”–is built from similar stock… Read More


God: The Video Game

By On September 8, 2011

A new video game tells a story so big, violent, raucous, and action-packed that its inspiration could only have come from a Bible-era text. El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron–made for Xbox and Playstation, and… Read More


From Baghdad to Bombay

By On March 10, 2011

  Despite the proliferation of YouTube vacation videos and instant status updates, there’s still no substitute for the good old-fashioned diary. The online magazine The Scribe, the “journal of Babylonian Jewry,” published two journals from… Read More


Shakespeare the Spy

By On November 15, 2010

 An Israeli spy narrowly escapes an assassination in the middle of the desert, before killing the assassin. Years later, in New York City, this spy bumps into his would-be killer on the… Read More