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The Prostitution Ring That Lured Women From the Shtetls

The Prostitution Ring That Lured Women From Their Shtetls

By On July 31, 2014

The subject of prostitution is rarely associated with the word “Yiddish.” But from the 1860’s until the cusp of WWII, a powerful sex-trafficking ring operated between the shtetls of Eastern Europe and… Read More


Wear Tzitzit, Skip Sex

By On August 26, 2013

If you’ve never thought of prayer fringes serving a practical purpose, one particularly lewd Talmudic episode may change your mind. In this story, a tzitzit-donning man undertakes a faraway and expensive journey to procure the… Read More


Justice, Justice, You Shall Restore

By On July 1, 2011

Starting in 1975, Debbie Peagler was prostituted, controlled, and repeatedly beaten by Oliver Wilson. Eight years later, she finally managed to escape from him, by convincing two gang members to kill him. In 1984, nine-year-old… Read More


Rabbi Eleazar and the Prostitute

By On October 5, 2010

In Judaism, no matter how badly we behave, we can always get a second (or third, or fourth) chance. For example, one Talmudic legend describes a man named Eleazar ben Durdia, who… Read More