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Her Medical Choice: Angelina Jolie (pictured her with her husband Brad Pitt and her six children in Tokyo, November 2011) said she inherited a faulty BRCA gene and underwent surgery for her children’s sake.

Angie Changed Everything

By Karen Iris Tucker

A year after Angelina Jolie went public about her double mastectomy, interest in genetic testing has increased. But a worrying trend is also shaping up: unnecessary breast-removal surgeries.


Zanoli Family: Henk Zanoli is second from right in this 1942 photo.

'Righteous' Anger?

By Naomi Zeveloff

Protesting the Gaza war, Dutchman Henk Zanoli returned his Righteous Gentile medal to Israel, where the boy he saved still has family. How do they feel about Zanoli’s decision?


Wine for the Tribe: During Prohibition, Jews mostly sold illegal alcohol to other Jews.

Best Jewish Bootlegs

By Gabe Friedman

Sometimes Jews transferred goods illegally to preserve their way of life; in other cases, the incentives were less noble. From kosher wine to Ecstasy, here are our best bootlegs.





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  • Prime Suspect? Prime Minister.
  • Move over Dr. Ruth — there’s a (not-so) new sassy Jewish sex-therapist in town. Her name is Shirley Zussman — and just turned 100 years old.
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