Eric Schulmiller

Vegetables Are the New Bacon at Dirt Candy

Amanda Cohen, the owner of New York’s Dirt Candy, talks about her favorite Jewish food memories and how vegetables may just be the new bacon.

Four of Cups: The creator of the ?Anthora? cup was Leslie Buck who was a survivor of Auschwitz and Buchenwald.

The Secret Jewish History of the Coffee Cup (Starbucks and Otherwise)

Do you like your coffee from Starbucks or in a classic Greek ‘Anthora’ cup? However you take your java, chances are a Jew had something to do with what it comes in.

Drag Racer: Justin Bieber?s recent antics call to mind those of Fonzie and the cast of ?Happy Days.?

Justin Bieber and the Most Jewish Drag Race

Justin Bieber is in hot water for drag racing, among other transgressions. But the most Jewish drag race of all time came in an episode of the sitcom ‘Happy Days.’

Jewish at Its Core: Andy Herzfeld (right), seen here with Steve Wozniak in 1985, has been called ?the soul of Apple.?

Apple's Jewish History — 30 Years After Iconic Super Bowl Ad

In 1984, a Super Bowl ad touted the MacIntosh computer — and changed the world. Thirty years later, Eric Schulmiller looks back at the Jewish role in the emergence of Apple.

Father of Our Thanksgivukkah: After a critical victory over the British at Saratoga in the fall of 1777, the Continental Congress encouraged the colonies to celebrate a day of Thanksgiving, which all thirteen colonies did, at the behest of General George Washington, on December 18th, 1777.

When George Washington Celebrated Thanksgivukkah

Regardless of what you’ve been told, this is not the first Thanksgivukkah in American history. Eric Schulmiller explains.

Shark, Swallow You Whole: The Jewish fascination with sharks goes all the way back to Jonah.

It's Jews vs. Jaws This Month on the Discovery Channel

Shark Week kicks off on August 4. Who knew there’s a Jewish connection to this summer phenomenon — and the fearsome creatures that inspired it?

For the Glove of the Game

Gloves aren’t just for keeping hands warm. Jewish innovators created new ones to help athletes catch balls, protect hands and knock their opponent’s block off.

?From the Poplar Trees?: Finding connections between Holiday?s song and Tu B?Shvat.

From Moses And Miriam To Meeropol

In January, three events occur within a one-week span: Shabbat Shira (the Sabbath of Song ? which coincides with the annual Torah reading of ?The Song of the Sea? in the Book of Exodus), Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Tu B?Shvat (the Jewish New Year of the trees). The first of these three celebrates the song sung by the Israelites following their escape from Egypt. ?The Song of the Sea,? attributed to Moses and Miriam, is the first in a long line of works written by Jewish composers that depict Jews? experience of freedom and their yearning for justice.

?God and Man?: The last Kodachrome film, which was invented by Jewish musicians Leopold Godowsky Jr. (left) and Leopold Mannes (right), was processed December 30.

Showing Their True Colors

The last picture ever to be developed with Kodachrome film was slated to be processed Thursday, December 30 at the lone processing lab still handling this film — Dwayne’s Photo in Parsons, Kan. A year after Kodak announced that it was retiring Kodachrome film, after nearly 75 years of production (making it the oldest and longest-running film in production of all time), the last shipment of processing chemicals had finally run out, and the last Kodachrome processing machine was due to be sold for scrap.

The Value of Brokenness

“It did not take long before the first heavy grey stones came tumbling down, and the children of the village amused themselves as they flung stones into the many coloured windows. When the first rays of a cold and pale November sun penetrated the heavy dark clouds, the little synagogue was but a heap of stone, broken glass and smashed-up woodwork.”