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2 Minute Mitzvah: Volume 1

2 Minute Mitzvah: Volume 1
By January 22, 2007

In the first of his “Two Minute Mitzvah” video series, former Polyphonic Spree French hornist and latex impresario Louis Schwadron transforms himself into Rabbi Yoni Goldfarb, the people’s rabbi, with morsels of everflowing kindness in the murky webstream waters of … Read More

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Letters to Ahmadinejad

Letters to Ahmadinejad
By January 22, 2007

In late November, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad penned an open letter to the "Noble American People." This week, noble American people respond. Below, author Edward Schwarzschild introduces the Iranian president to Jewcy's "Letters to Ahmadinejad" feature. Greetings, President Ahmadinejad, and may peace … Read More

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The Surge Can Work

The Surge Can Work
By January 19, 2007

Virtually everyone agrees that the president’s proposal for Iraq is doomed to failure, a hopeless effort to save the lost cause of nation-building in the Middle East. Whether this view is driven by ideological opposition to the war or fear … Read More

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Cambodian Surf Rock

Cambodian Surf Rock
By January 12, 2007

I first heard the band Dengue Fever at Zen Sushi, a restaurant in the Silverlake section of Los Angeles with the feel of an unused Kurosawa movie set. Fake bamboo and plastic shoji screens abound, and the menu features mysterious … Read More

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The Fuzzy Yodas of Pet Lit

The Fuzzy Yodas of Pet Lit
By January 9, 2007

Go to the biography section of any bookstore and you’ll find yourself asking, “Who let the dogs in?” Dog stories—John Grogan’s bestselling Marley & Me, Jon Katz’s border-collie psychodramas, Emily Yoffe’s comic beagle-rescue tales—are a booming sub-genre of the confessional … Read More

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It Takes a Korean…

It Takes a Korean…
By January 4, 2007

A Korean bad-ass with a can of spray paint, maybe one of the more brilliant young American artists working today, David Choe will introduce himself this Saturday to the New York art world with his first gallery showing in Manhattan. … Read More

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The Beauty and Danger of Arabic Music

The Beauty and Danger of Arabic Music
By January 3, 2007

The day I stop by Kuwait’s High Institute of Musical Arts, veiled Kuwaiti women and men in white dishdashas shuffle in and out of the austere, echoey front foyer, clutching their instruments. The conservatory occupies a nondescript, one-story building tucked … Read More

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Incest: Good for the Jews

Incest: Good for the Jews
By January 1, 2007

Genetically, Ashkenazi Jews are freaks. For most of Jewish history in Europe, cherem-wielding rabbis and an unwelcoming Gentile world made inbreeding a far more appealing option than intermarriage. As a result, Ashkenazim became what scientists call an “endogamous group,” which … Read More

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