Articles written by Arielle Kaplan

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The Yiddish song that kicked off the Swing Era is due for a comeback

Printed in black and white and bigotry all over, Nazi official Hans Severus Ziegler's brochure for his public exhibit in Dusseldorf featured an African-American jazz musician with a Star of David on...


How this iconic Yiddish song became an anthem for Black Americans

What makes one person tick is totally subjective, but science confirms that people are hard-wired to respond to music. It lifts moods, eases pain and triggers powerful emotions. Some songs become so...


13 Jewish facts about 'Hamilton' that will make you smile

In the ultimate COVID-19 silver lining, the Broadway smash "Hamilton" will soon be available to stream from the comfort of your quarantine couch. Huzzah! Originally set to hit theaters on in October...


I asked Alexa questions about Passover-here's what happened

(Kveller via JTA)—My relationship with Amazon’s Alexa is complicated. I love that she’s politically informed and shares the latest news with me, and she has really great taste in music. Since she’s come into my life, I can’t imagine not waking up... Full story


Is there anything Jewish mama Rain Pryor can't do?

This article originally appeared on Kveller. Rain Pryor Vane may be the daughter of the controversial late comedian Richard Pryor, but she has never lived in her father's shadow. A singer, actress,... Full story


This Jewish mom is the mastermind behind OPI nail polish

Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, 62, used to aggressively bite her nails. It was a chronic, nervous tick, and it had to stop. After all, she was the co-founder and creative director of a global nail polish... Full story


Stars of Hope brings comfort to Pittsburgh with help of trauma survivors

PITTSBURGH (JTA)-In the middle of the day on Tuesday, above a growing pile of wilting flower bouquets and sympathy cards, five wooden, five-pointed stars hung on a signpost in front of Tree of Life... Full story


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