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The Russian Jewish Ethnographer Behind This Trove of Stunning Historic Photographs

By On December 3, 2015

The Vitebsk-born Shloyme Zaynvi Rapoport — better known by the moniker S. An-sky — was many things: publisher, playwright, tutor. But his most enduring legacy is twofold: his play The Dybbuk, which… Read More

The Jewish Werewolf Who Never Was

Argentinian President Saves Jewish Boy from Becoming a Werewolf

By On January 7, 2015

Two weeks ago, Argentinian president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner adopted the country’s first Jewish godson – Yair Tawil – in order to keep him from turning into a werewolf. Some news outlets challenged… Read More

Don't Kick the Redhead!

A Love Song to the Jewish Redhead

By On May 28, 2014

Whether lionized or demonized, redheads seem to hold an outsize place in the Jewish imagination. Sometimes called “Ginger Jews,” Jewish redheads have inspired a great number of origin stories, including speculation that they… Read More


The Rabbinic Sage Who Dismembered His Adversaries

By On July 9, 2013

Talmudic and aggadic lore offers many episodes of rabbinic sages intellectually defeating the luminaries of the Hellenistic world. Far less common are instances of rabbis dismembering their pagan nemeses. So 2nd-century Rabbi Joshua Ben Hananiah really stands… Read More


Matisyahu, the Exorcist

By On June 5, 2012

Horror movies are all about planting unexpected things in unexpected places to scare the hell out of you. The trailer for the new horror film The Possession, in theatres August 31 (watch the trailer) does just that. There’s… Read More



By On March 21, 2012

The children’s author Maurice Sendak recently released Bumble-Ardy, the first book in three decades that he’s both written and illustrated. In fact, the story is not exactly new–it’s adapted from a short film Sendak made for Sesame Street in 1970.… Read More


Jewish Gauchos of Argentina

By On October 12, 2011

A town of Jewish immigrants, uprooted from czarist Russia to the Argentinian Pampas. Sounds crazy, no? The Spanish-language story collection Jewish Gauchos of the Pampas, written in 1910, describes a group of fictitious Jews who, fleeing real-life pogroms, wind… Read More