Monthly Archives: February 2010

Skinhead, Skinhead, Oi! Oi! Oy?

A fascinating article in the New York Times about Pawel: a former Nazi skinhead who has changed his ways and become a hasid.  "Pawel is perhaps the most unlikely example of a Jewish revival under way in Poland in which … Read More

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Where are Hughes Jews?

As soon as I heard that Vanity Fair had published a feature on John Hughes’ later work, the stuff he did out of the director’s chair, I ran to the nearest bookstore.  While I’d guess that you may snicker at … Read More

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The Hamantaschen Five

If you’re like some of us, you are busy finding that perfect costume to wear to your Purim festivities.  But what of finding the time to bake the little triangle cookies we all love to munch on?   Thankfully, you don’t … Read More

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Half-Jewish: Starting a Wholesome Conversation

It is easy enough to use the term "half-Jewish" as a mechanism for claiming celebrities as members of the Tribe. However, what does it actually means when someone identifies or is labeled as "half-Jewish"? From pride, to insult, to an … Read More

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E.T. Visits Williamsburg Hasids and Possibly Hangs With Hipsters

Do you remember that scene in the epic 1996 Will Smith/Jeff Goldblum film, Independence Day, where they show Israeli soldiers and Arab soldiers getting ready to fight side-by-side against the evil aliens that are getting ready to destroy Earth?  Take … Read More

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28 Days, 28 Ideas: Idea #23

Over the last several years, I have read dozens of articles and listened to scores of conversations about the challenge of strengthening Jewish identity in America. Indeed, since the 1990 National Jewish Population Survey canonized Jewish American assimilation, an unprecedented … Read More

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Putting the Kibosh on the Hitler Meme

After seeing Adolf Hitler yell about everything from Michael Jackson to Santa Clause, you really would think that the allure of making crudely-made parodies of the bunker scene from the 2004 Oscar winning film Downfall, would have worn off by … Read More

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Israel Wants to Make You Horny

Want to rebrand your country’s image?  Just get a couple of good looking 20-somethings, throw in a couple of double entendres, and hope that sex will help change people’s perception of the country.  Hey, it’s working for the folks at … Read More

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