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Recipe: Forverts’ “Baba Au Rhum” for Father’s Day

A throwback recipe for rum cake from a treasured Forverts columnist, originally published in 1979.

On Meryl Streep’s 72nd birthday, her secret Jewish history

Henry Louis Gates dispelled her lifelong belief that her father’s roots traced back to a Sephardic family in the Netherlands.

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We’re here, we’re queer, we’re Yiddish: LGBTQ stories, and silences, in the Forward archives

When it comes to LGBTQ Jews, our archives echo with vanished histories.

What will #hotvaxxedsummer look like? Israel beat us there

Israel has been vaxxed and partying for months. So we asked — do your social skills come back?

In Hebron, a soldier’s life filled with brutality and boredom

In Rona Segal’s documentary “Mission: Hebron,” soldiers describe their troubling experiences serving in the Israel Defense Forces.

In this classic Jewish children’s book, a Yiddish-speaking dog learns to reject racism

As America continues its intensified reckoning with questions of racial justice, parents and educators are keenly aware of the need to speak to children about race in ways that feel authentic and relatable. The Jewish community can look to Yiddish literature for models of antiracist storytelling that took shape long before the storied alliances of the 1960’s civil rights movement. In one key episode, one of the most beloved characters in Yiddish children’s literature proves himself susceptible to unexamined bias and offers a model of how to overcome it.

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