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jewish culture

The Man Who Taught Arabic in Yiddish

The Man Who Taught Arabic in Yiddish

By On July 25, 2014

  Have you been wanting to learn Palestinian Arabic? Bistu a yidish redner? (Are you a Yiddish speaker?) Then, Getzl Zelikovitz was your man. Born in Lithuania in 1863, Zelikovitz was somewhat of a linguistic… Read More

Seinfeld Emoji Help You Write Texts About Nothing

Seinfeld Emojis Help You Write Texts About Nothing

By On July 22, 2014

Seinfeld was the most popular show on television in the late 1990s, and it was also arguably the most Jewish show on the air at the time. Though Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer rarely discussed… Read More

The Most Innovative Judaica We've Ever Seen

The Most Innovative Judaica We’ve Ever Seen

By On July 1, 2014

A tie made out of an old tallit. An oil chanukiyah made out of repurposed light bulbs. A yad for reading the Torah made to look like a pixelated mouse icon for… Read More


The Pre-Hitler International Yiddish Culture Club

By On May 21, 2014

Ah, the soothing poetry of a Jewish intellectual on a mission: “To assist in creating a new Yiddish secular culture, in Jewish national forms, with the living forces of the broad Jewish… Read More

fiddler on the roof

2014: The Year “Fiddler” Turns 50

By On January 1, 2014

Was there ever a real-life shtetl as joyful, as funny, as musical and, ultimately, as heartbreaking as Anatevka? Probably not. But after five decades, “our little village” in Fiddler on the Roof still embodies what… Read More


The Kubbeh Project Takes NYC

By On February 27, 2013

During the first 3 weeks of March, Tel Aviv-based chef Itamar Lewensohn will serve up Iraqi-Jewish comfort food beside the cafes, yoga studios, and music venues of New York City’s East Village. The… Read More

Omaha Bible Rappers

Video: Shout-out to Omaha Jews!

By On January 24, 2013

“Summer’s hot like us, but in the winters: brrr! / Jews in the Midwest, that’s no slur.” Nebraskan teens sing their truth with Bible Raps.… Read More

Hasidic Boy Wins Chinese Dance Contest

Video: Hasidic Boy Wins Chinese Dance-Off

By On January 23, 2013

However did we miss this? Does anyone know who this boy is, and how he made it to this dance contest in Shenzen, China? We would really like to know.… Read More


Sexy Beijing

By On June 19, 2012

Imagine a pool in a luxury spa in the center of China, with vaulted ceilings and exquisitely painted walls, filled with purified rainwater, and fit for an emperor to bathe in… Or, actually, an… Read More


A Tale of Two Crown Heightses

By On May 29, 2012

The neighborhood of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, is home to a large population of Hasidic Jews, and a large population of Caribbean immigrants. For the most part, the two groups have kept to themselves–with a… Read More


A Golem Goes to Hebrew School

By On May 23, 2012

Literary grandmaster Cynthia Ozick is a critic, an innovator, and a clever storyteller who dips into every part of Jewish culture, from the true story of a Jewish painter with a Nazi benefactor to a female rabbi who creates a golem.… Read More


Masters of Jewish Culture

By On February 29, 2012

We know that Jewish culture goes beyond the kitsch of shows like Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm. But does the investigation of Judaism in popular culture warrant an entire school curriculum? According to Jenna Weissman Joselit, the answer… Read More