Miscellaneous

It might be time to rethink everything you thought you knew about Jews and bacon. As you know, the laws of kashrut dictate that pigs are inherently unkosher: “And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be clovenfooted, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you” [...]
Mon, Jun 19, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Exhausted from calling your representatives? Looking for new activist role models? Look no further than Hans and Sophie Scholl, the German teenagers who went from being part of Hitler Youth to leading a resistance movement—and paying with their heads. Literally: Sophie Scholl and her brother Hans were beheaded in 1943, [...]
Mon, Jun 19, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Which great Jewish comedian had oversized glasses, a nebbishy smile and a hilarious way of trying to get a date? The late, great Stanley Myron Handelman. In the ‘60s and ‘70s, Handelman cracked up audiences on the most popular TV variety shows: The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The Ed Sullivan [...]
Thu, Jun 15, 2017, Continue reading at the source
With the 50th anniversary of Israel's Six-Day War upon us, that historical moment is getting a lot of attention. A critically acclaimed new Israeli film takes place against the backdrop of an event that followed: Israel's and Egypt's historic 1977 peace negotiation. Inspired by the wartime diaries of a Ukrainian [...]
Fri, Jun 09, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Vulvas fashioned out of chewing gum, ceramic vaginas, her own naked body – such were the materials of the first feminist artist to use vaginal imagery in her work—who happened to be a Jewish New Yorker named Hannah. Born in 1940 in New York City, Hannah Wilke (see her work here) [...]
Thu, Jun 08, 2017, Continue reading at the source
If you think all ultra-Orthodox Jews dress alike, you've got to see the recent video of Elimelekh “Melech” Zilbershlag, whose unlikely internet celebrity is built on decoding the signs of Haredi belonging. Melech's tips: Hasids often have ribbons on their black yarmulkas, but Lithuanians don't. Hasids grow their sidelocks longer [...]
Wed, Jun 07, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Every radio episode started the same way: “Yoo-hoo, is anybody?” And then: “That's Molly Goldberg, folks – a woman with a place in every heart, and a finger in every pie.” Molly Goldberg of The Goldbergs, that is, the historic sitcom that ran on radio 6 nights a week from 1929-1946 [...]
Mon, Jun 05, 2017, Continue reading at the source
When in Luxembourg, do as the Luxembourgers do and order a plate of — wait for it — “Judd mat Gaardebounen,” literally “Jew with Beans.” You'll get smoked pork collar with broad beans, usually served with beer or wine and boiled potatoes fried in bacon. It's hardly kosher. So how [...]
Fri, Jun 02, 2017, Continue reading at the source
You might not think you've heard of the Russian-born Jewish motion picture magnate Louis B. Mayer, but if you've heard of MGM Studios you have. Mayer, the second ‘M' in MGM, made his first fortune in an unsavory place: from The Birth of a Nation, the controversial 1915 silent film [...]
Tue, May 30, 2017, Continue reading at the source
This evening, May 30th, is the end of the Omer, the 50 days Jews tick off from Passover, which marks the Israelites's exodus from Egypt, to Shavuot, when they received the Torah. Back in the day, the counting was done with measures of barley (“omer” means “sheaf of barley”) Today, we [...]
Tue, May 30, 2017, Continue reading at the source