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The Baddest Yiddish-Speaking Jews of Warsaw and New York

By On October 18, 2017

Eddy Portnoy’s just-released Bad Rabbi and Other Strange but True Stories from the Yiddish Press reminds us that not all Jewish immigrants and migrants did well. Sure, some became doctors, lawyers, and… Read More

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A Jewish Cult Poet and His Famous Anti-Semitic Friend

By On May 17, 2017

If you’re familiar with Ezra Pound, the king of modernist poetry, then you’re probably aware of his notorious anti-Semitism. What you might not know is that a Jewish Marxist poet with a… Read More

Discover the New England Bubbe Who Turns Out is a Literary Genius
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Meet the Jewish Bubbe Who Happens to Be a Literary Genius

By On May 20, 2015

  It’s a beautiful thing when a writer gets discovered. Especially when the writer is a Jewish grandmother in her seventies who has spent a lifetime mastering the art of the short… Read More

Jews vs. Aliens / Jews vs. Zombies
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Jews vs. Aliens / Jews vs. Zombies

By On April 9, 2015

Q: What happens when a rebbe goes shopping for lemons and comes face to face with an alien invasion? A: He learns deep humility and makes sure to leave a good tip.… Read More

The Infamous 1970s Sex Novel Featuring Lilith’s Kin
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The Infamous 1970s Sex Novel Featuring Lilith’s Kin

By On September 4, 2014

What modern lovers refer to as “casual sex” was, at one time, known by a very different, very transgressive name. In 1973, Jewish American writer Erica Jong infamously published Fear of Flying, a radical novel… Read More

Jewniverse beach reads
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Jewniverse Beach Reading!

By On August 12, 2014

Check back all week for our top summer reading picks from the archives! Monday’s pick: Shakespeare The Spy, a novel about an Israeli spy named Shakespeare by Joshua Sobol. Nothing else like this. Tuesday’s pick: Half… Read More

Good News: All-of-a-Kind Family is Back!
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Good News: All-of-a-Kind Family is Back!

By On June 30, 2014

All-of-a-Kind Family, the mid-century classic Sydney Taylor children’s series of Lower East Side literature, is back! And not in an “Oh how awful, they tarted up 80’s kid favorite Strawberry Shortcake” kind… Read More

The Retrospective
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Bad Israeli Blood in a Holy Spanish City

By On May 29, 2014

In master novelist A.B. Yehoshua’s most recent book, The Retrospective (published in Israel in 2011), Yair Moses, an aging Israeli film director, arrives in the holy city of Santiago de Compostela for a retrospective of his… Read More

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David Rakoff: Half Full, in Our Book

By On November 29, 2012

Long and proud is the Jewish tradition of using sharp humor in the face of hopeless tragedy. David Rakoff – humorist, essayist, and self-described “mega Jewish writer” – was a master of this tactic. Rakoff died… Read More

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Fagin the Jew

By On November 20, 2012

The antihero of Charles Dickens’s Oliver Twist is the “villainous-looking and sinister” Jewish moneylender, Fagin. Fagin is referred to as “the Jew” 257 times throughout the first two-thirds of the novel, often in the context of him… Read More

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Dream of Scipio

By On November 19, 2012

When you think of Provence you probably think of the region’s famous French scenery and wine. But when novelist Iain Pears thinks of Provence he thinks of its deep—and often dark—history. His… Read More

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One Book, Two Holocaust Novels

By On November 5, 2012

The next great Jewish novel is coming from the heart of Germany. The Canvas, by Berlin-born Benjamin Stein, is a mystery novel with an innovative form: It’s actually two books in one. Start from… Read More