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The Book of the All-Virtuous Wisdom of Joshua Ben Sira

Ben Sira, The Prophet Who Wasn’t One

By On December 29, 2014

Believe it or not, the fact that the prophet Jeremiah is both Ben Sira’s father and grandfather is not the weirdest thing about him. Yup–according to apocrypha, evil men forced Jeremiah to… Read More


The Anti-Semitic Origins of “Hip Hip Hooray”

By On January 21, 2014

Three cheers for the bat mitzvah girl! Hip hip hooray! Hip hip… wait, stop. This is all wrong. Turns out our good old American cheer derives from an old anti-Semitic rallying cry,… Read More


The Book of Tobit

By On June 27, 2011

Here’s a story of demons, supernatural nuptials, and a dog who makes a pilgrimage. The Book of Tobit dates back more than 2500 years, to 700 BCE. It’s considered part of the apocrypha–a set of works that were… Read More