Included in the Oscars swag bag this year is a $55K trip to Israel. Sigal Samuel says that’s not so much about pleasing the actors as it is about pleasing Israel itself.
An Israeli commercial that sells real estate to Ashkenazi Jews by making fun of Sephardim and Mizrahim has been pulled after a public outcry. But the damage is done, Sigal Samuel writes.
On the 100th anniversary of Einstein’s general theory of relativity, Sigal Samuel presents a short story about what happens when the famous scientist can no longer be trusted.
Israeli Jews aiming to attack Palestinians are instead harming innocents by mistake — first Mizrahi Jews, now an Eritrean immigrant. Sigal Samuel says it’s no coincidence that these victims are getting caught in the crossfire.
Artists hired by ‘Homeland’ to add Arabic graffiti to a set have revealed that they hacked the show by spray-painting ‘Homeland is racist.’ Sigal Samuel explains why the producers had it coming.
In her debut novel, Sigal Samuel tells the story of a dysfunctional Jewish family obsessed with climbing the Kabbalah’s Tree of Life — even though they don’t believe in God.
Sigal Samuel’s family hails from the Middle East and North Africa. Does that make her non-white? She asked everyone from Mizrahi Jews to the U.S. Census Bureau — and found a surprising mix of answers.
Was Abraham Abulafia the 13th century equivalent of Oliver Sacks? A new book on Kabbalah argues that early Jewish mystics might just have been the original neuroscientists.
At New York’s Pride parade, a fringe Orthodox group paid Mexican laborers to dress like Jews and hold up anti-gay signs. There’s a name for that, Sigal Samuel writes. It’s called ethnic drag.
An Arab drama about a Muslim man who falls for a Jewish woman in 1950s Cairo looks poised to portray Jews in a positive light. Can it subvert anti-Semitism without alienating Egyptians?