Seth Rogovoy


The Secret Jewish History of the Beach Boys

By Seth Rogovoy

The Secret Jewish History of the Beach Boys
The tousle-haired Beach Boys are an iconic all-American family band. But the guitar of David Marks, a Jewish neighbor, shaped their distinctive California sound.Read More


The Secret Jewish History of Prince

By Seth Rogovoy

The Secret Jewish History of Prince
We’re all jamming on the 30th anniversary of ‘Purple Rain,’ by the artist formerly known as Prince. But what about the Jewish story behind the legendary album?Read More


The Secret Jewish History of Tupac Shakur

By Seth Rogovoy

The Secret Jewish History of Tupac Shakur
Tupac Shakur, who was gunned down in 1996, led a life of turmoil. But a new Broadway musical makes Seth Rogovoy wonder if the brilliant rapper was really just a nice Jewish boy.Read More


The Secret Jewish History of The Rolling Stones

By Seth Rogovoy

The Secret Jewish History of The Rolling Stones
Their first manager was Jewish. They first played with a Jewish blues guitarist. They used Yiddish in a Top 40 hit. So why did it take The Rolling Stones so long to get to Tel Aviv?Read More


The Secret Jewish History of William Shakespeare

By Seth Rogovoy

The Secret Jewish History of William Shakespeare
As Bardologists celebrate William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, one story isn’t being told. Seth Rogovoy reveals that the legendary playwright knew quite a bit about Judaism.Read More






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  • It's really, really, really hard to get kicked out of Hebrew school these days.
  • "If Netanyahu re-opens the settlement floodgates, he will recklessly bolster the argument of Hamas that the only language Israel understands is violence."
  • Would an ultra-Orthodox leader do a better job of running the Met Council?
  • So, who won the war — Israel or Hamas?
  • 300 Holocaust survivors spoke out against Israel. Did they play right into Hitler's hands?
  • Ari Folman's new movie 'The Congress' is a brilliant spectacle, an exhilarating visual extravaganza and a slapdash thought experiment. It's also unlike anything Forward critic Ezra Glinter has ever seen. http://jd.fo/d4unE
  • The eggplant is beloved in Israel. So why do Americans keep giving it a bad rap? With this new recipe, Vered Guttman sets out to defend the honor of her favorite vegetable.
  • “KlezKamp has always been a crazy quilt of gay and straight, religious and nonreligious, Jewish and gentile.” Why is the klezmer festival shutting down now?
  • “You can plagiarize the Bible, can’t you?” Jill Sobule says when asked how she went about writing the lyrics for a new 'Yentl' adaptation. “A couple of the songs I completely stole." Share this with the theater-lovers in your life!
  • Will Americans who served in the Israeli army during the Gaza operation face war crimes charges when they get back home?
  • Talk about a fashion faux pas. What was Zara thinking with the concentration camp look?
  • “The Black community was resistant to the Jewish community coming into the neighborhood — at first.” Watch this video about how a group of gardeners is rebuilding trust between African-Americans and Jews in Detroit.
  • "I am a Jewish woman married to a non-Jewish man who was raised Catholic, but now considers himself a “common-law Jew.” We are raising our two young children as Jews. My husband's parents are still semi-practicing Catholics. When we go over to either of their homes, they bow their heads, often hold hands, and say grace before meals. This is an especially awkward time for me, as I'm uncomfortable participating in a non-Jewish religious ritual, but don't want his family to think I'm ungrateful. It's becoming especially vexing to me now that my oldest son is 7. What's the best way to handle this situation?" http://jd.fo/b4ucX What would you do?
  • Maybe he was trying to give her a "schtickle of fluoride"...
  • It's all fun, fun, fun, until her dad takes the T-Bird away for Shabbos.
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