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Barbra Streisand Asked Bob Dylan to Make a Record Together

By On December 5, 2017

Jewish fantasies everywhere came true last year when a handwritten card from Barbra Streisand to Bob Dylan was uncovered in the Dylan Archive, a trove of 6,000 pieces of his paraphernalia. The… Read More

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Leonard Cohen + Dad of New Canadian PM = BFF

By On October 29, 2015

Canadian Liberal incumbent Justin Trudeau has more than just politics and snowboarding in his blood: he also has family ties to the melancholy king of cool, Leonard Cohen. His father, Pierre Elliott… Read More

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Remembering the Foul-Mouthed Jewish Agent Who Made Hollywood History

By On October 15, 2015

  What do Barbra Streisand, Faye Dunaway, Michael Caine, Elliott Gould and Candice Bergen have in common? They aren’t all Jewish, but their agent was. Sue Mengers, who died four years ago… Read More

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Hello, Gorgeous: Half a Century of Barbra

By On June 5, 2013

In a career that started when Kennedy was president, Barbra Streisand has managed to create 3 larger-than-life personas. First, she was the Serious Singer, the one who could hold her own in… Read More

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Setting the Records

By On May 27, 2011

  Here’s a history textbook that you probably didn’t use in Hebrew School: A collection of Jewish record album covers. The book And You Shall Know Us by the Trail of Our Vinyl is a… Read More

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Radio Free Catskills

By On March 16, 2011

An album full of Borsht Belt humor and classic Jewish songs shouldn’t actually be funny. After all, these are the jokes that your bubbe laughed at 50 years ago…aren’t they? Yet the 2008 collection The Jewish Songbook:… Read More

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Theodor Herzl’s Christmas Tree

By On December 24, 2010

  Jews have devised all sorts of mechanisms for dealing with the holiday on December 25 that shuts down most of the Western world. In centuries past, Jewish communities have hid from… Read More

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