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Do You Want To Send a Snowman for Hanukkah?

By Lenore Skenazy

It’s not easy to pick a Jewishly appropriate holiday greeting card. Lenore Skenazy asks: Is it wrong to wish someone happy Hanukkah with a snowman?Read More

The End of Jew-hannesburg?

By Ryan Lenora Brown

Downtown Johannesburg has always been home to immigrants. Jews have been long since been replaced by African newcomers, but two synagogues remain.Read More

How ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ Shattered My Dreams

By Leida Snow

Leida Snow auditioned for the original ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ on Broadway. What happened next forever changed how she thought about musicals — and Judaism.Read More

Jack the Ripper, One of Us? No, Thanks.

By Lenny Picker

You might have heard about Aaron Kosminski, a Polish Jew suspected of being the notorious 19th-century serial killer. But there’s much more to the story of the Ripper.Read More

6 Suspects in Jack the Ripper Case

By Lenny Picker

From Lewis Carroll to Vincent Van Gogh, the six most outrageous Jack the Ripper suspects.Read More

5 Women Killed by Jack the Ripper

By Lenny Picker

One thing is pretty certain: The names of Jack the Ripper’s victims would have been long forgotten had they not been murdered by the same hand.Read More

How Israel’s Curlers Hope To Reach the Olympics

By Elie Dolgin

Israel’s national curling team was only formed this year. Can it reach the Olympics in a winter sport where you throw 42-pound granite rocks along an icy surface?Read More

The Nazi Who Saved Us From Kristallnacht

By Jill Werman Harris

A Nazi officer in Vienna saved the Wachs family during Kristallnacht. They’ve never heard from him again — but they want to change that.Read More

Shaping the Israeli Military — in Stone

By Deena Yellin

When a 73-year-old man wants to join the Israeli army, there aren’t many options. Retired plastic surgeon Morton Freiman found one: becoming the IDF’s unofficial sculptor.Read More

Of Trains, Tea and Translation

By Margarita Gokun Silver

As a Jewish teenager leaving the Soviet Union, Margarita Gokun Silver had high expectations of the West — until she boarded an Austrian train.Read More

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