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Was Stalin’s Death a Purim Miracle?

By On March 8, 2017

An evil man rises to power with a grand plan to eliminate the Jews, until a twist of fate—a miracle!—happens, and the evil man dies; the Jews survive. Who was that evil… Read More


The Yiddish Theater Star Who Disappeared Into an Anti-Stalinist Superhero

By On May 18, 2016

Paul Goldberg’s provocatively-titled novel The Yid (Picador) starts out with a middle-of-the-night visit from the Stalinist-era Soviet police to the Moscow home of Solomon Levinson, an elderly has-been actor of the Yiddish… Read More

The Utopian Jewish Chicken Farmers of Petaluma, CA

The Utopian Jewish Chicken Farmers of Petaluma, CA

By On June 16, 2015

  Which came first, the chicken or the leftist Jews? Today, Petaluma, California, is known as a sleepy suburb steps away from Sonoma County’s wineries. But in the 1920s and ’30s, it… Read More


The Yiddish Separatists in the Siberian Wild

By On February 4, 2014

Deep in the swampy climes of Siberia, tucked away on the Chinese border, lies a little region you’ve probably left off your vacation itinerary: Birobidzhan, capital of the Jewish Autonomous Oblast (JAO). Part of… Read More


A Secretly Jewish Ballet

By On April 4, 2013

Ballet has long been associated with tutus and long-necked blondes—which is to say that it is not typically seen as a particularly Jewish form of dance. But for a brief spell in the… Read More