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Doctor Cannabis

By Susie Davidson

While researching Shabbat customs, Yosef Glassman came across a reference to cannabis. It sent him on a mission to learn about the biblical history of weed.Read More


One Man's Campaign Against the Arch of Titus — and How It Changed Italy's Jews

By Morton Satin

When the U.N. accepted a Mussolini-era sculpture for a Rome office, it didn’t realize its anti-Semitic implications would change the lives of Italian Jews forever.Read More


Delving Into Jewish Roots for Source of Her Epilepsy

By Merissa Nathan Gerson

At age 7, Merissa Nathan Gerson was diagnosed with a rare motor seizure disorder. She delved into her family history to understand it in a Jewish context.Read More


Gay Israeli Fathers-to-Be Find Unexpected Community in Minnesota's Twin Cities

By Emma Kippley-Ogman

Lured by liberal surrogacy rules, gay Israeli couples seeking children are flocking to the Minneapolis area. They have found and nurtured an unexpected Jewish community.Read More


What If Disney Princesses Weren't So Perfect

By Ido Kenan and Jonny Silver

Disney’s princesses are supposed to be perfect. One Israeli illustrator set out to depict them in more realistic settings, with regular girl issues.Read More


My Brother's Lives and Deaths

By Jackie Jacobs

Mental illness took Jackie Jacobs’ younger brother’s life on numerous occasions. Somewhere along the line, their mother told him that she no longer had a third child.Read More


Mendel Beilis Cleared in Ukraine Anti-Semitic Blood Libel Trial

By Eddy Portnoy

Factory worker Mendel Beilis was cleared after a Ukraine trial blood libel murder trial a century ago. In 1938, pogroms spread across Germany and Austria.Read More


Ex-Hasidic Woman Marks Five Years Since She Shaved Her Head

By Frimet Goldberger

Frimet Goldberger tried to remain Hasidic even after she decided to stop shaving her head. But ultra-Orthodox modesty enforcers had a different plan.Read More


My Barber, My Book — and The Temple Mount

By Ruchama King Feuerman

The main character in Ruchama King Feuerman’s novel cleans toilets on the Temple Mount. A barber from Passaic helped her find out: Are there really any bathrooms there?Read More


Brooklyn Macaroni Maker Shoots Jewish Tailor in Hypnotism Spat

By Eddy Portnoy

A Jewish tailor was shot and wounded by a macaroni maker. In 1938, mass hysteria breaks out over H.G. Wells’ ‘War of the Worlds.’Read More





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