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Why Jews Suffer From a Quilt Complex

By Jenna Weissman Joselit

Why is it that Jews seem to have very little history with quilting? Jenna Weissman Joselit says it may have something to do with how common geese were in the Old Country.Read More

Remembering Herman Taube, Witness to a Vanished World

By Forward Staff

Herman Taube, Polish-born novelist, poet and longtime Washington correspondent for the Forverts, died at the age of 96. He was the author of more than 20 book of fiction and poetry.Read More

Why Woody Allen's 'Bullets Over Broadway' Is a Bright Shining Lie

By Joshua Furst

Woody Allen’s musical adaptation of ‘Bullets Over Broadway’ is glitzy, thrilling and splendidly acted. It’s also a cynical, pandering sell-out, as Joshua Furst explains.Read More

How Wes Anderson Became a Jewish Emigré Director in 'Budapest Hotel'

By A.J. Goldmann

Wes Anderson’s newest film turns out to be a tribute to a trio of Jewish emigre artists. A.J. Goldmann charts their influence on Anderson’s ‘Budapest Hotel.’Read More

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

By Eric Schulmiller

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.Read More

Observant Women Make Tzitzit — and Stir Controversy

By Lauren Davidson

More women are seeking an equal role in Jewish ritual by making and tying tzitzit. A Princeton University student has formed a group to lead the push into this once-male realm.Read More

Hadar Offers Orthodox Women a Glossy Magazine of Their Own

By Avital Chizhik

Hadar is a new glossy fashion magazine that’s different from the newsstand pack. It’s aimed at Orthodox women, with family and modesty at the top of its priority list.Read More

How the Son of German and Polish Jews Became the 'Starchild' of KISS

By Dan Epstein

With the band KISS, Paul Stanley gleefully zigzagged between soulfulness and crassness. But the musician’s new memoir reveals the heartbreak beneath the face paint.Read More

The Secret Jewish History of Tax Day

By Seth Rogovoy

April 15 is upon us again. How did we get here? Turns out the idea of taxes is as old as the Torah. Seth Rogovoy traces the history  from Abraham to the American Civil War.Read More

Getting to the Heart and Sole of the Matter

By Philologos

Might the Yiddish word Padeshve, which means the sole of a shoe, have something to do with the English prefix ped? Indeed it does. Philologos explains all that and more.Read More

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