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A New Israeli Film Explores the Afterlife of Holocaust Family Trauma

By On June 9, 2017

With the 50th anniversary of Israel’s Six-Day War upon us, that historical moment is getting a lot of attention. A critically acclaimed new Israeli film takes place against the backdrop of an… Read More

When Egyptian Movies Ruled Israeli Airwaves

When Egyptian Movies Ruled Israeli Airwaves

By On July 20, 2016

In the three decades between Israel’s founding and the 1979 peace treaty with Egypt, the relationship between the two neighbors was tense. And yet, Israelis eagerly turned on their TVs every Friday… Read More

Oldest Circumcision in the World

The Oldest Circumcision in the World

By On February 17, 2016

Have you ever wondered what the oldest illustration of a circumcision looked like? Of course you haven’t, but we’ll tell you anyway. A bas-relief—a type of sculptural technique in which the sculpted… Read More

The Yom Kippur War Memo That Might Have Changed History

The Yom Kippur War Memo That Might Have Changed History

By On September 22, 2015

  The most widely known fact about Israel’s 1973 Yom Kippur War was that the attack from Egypt and Syria on the holiest day of the Jewish calendar was a surprise. But… Read More

The Egyptian Woman Who Spied For Israel

Yolande, The Egyptian Woman Who Spied For Israel

By On July 21, 2015

  Gone are the days, it seems, when one could get recruited for espionage at a cocktail party. (Or maybe we’re just going to the wrong parties.) But that’s what happened to… Read More


A Mix-and-Match Haggadah

By On June 25, 2012

Were all Egyptians pro-slavery? Children’s author Lemony Snicket suggests that even if most Egyptians started out in favor of subjugating the Israelites, they probably wavered after the Ten Plagues started. After burning hail, wild beasts,… Read More


An American Childhood in Egypt

By On June 1, 2012

Sipping from the Nile, a new memoir, tells the story of Jean Naggar, who is now a New York literary agent. A fourth-generation Egyptian, both Naggar’s parents came from prominent Sephardic Jewish families. Life in… Read More


One Fat Pharaoh

By On December 10, 2011

How did the Israelites escape from their slavery in Egypt? If you trust Roy L. Moody, a doctor who visited Egypt in the 1920s, their miraculous rescue was due in no small part to the corpulence of… Read More


The Great Lulav Crisis of 2011

By On October 5, 2011

Shaking a lulav might get a lot harder this year. During the holiday of Sukkot, Jews all over the world shake the lulav (date palm) and etrog, together with branches from myrtle and willow trees.… Read More


Raiders of the Lost

By On April 1, 2011

In 1896, a pair of vacationing Scottish twin sisters purchased a manuscript in Cairo that they didn’t understand, though they did recognize its antiquity and language: Hebrew. At Cambridge University, they put… Read More

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