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I left Israel to give my kids the American dream. Is this it?

On the day when the shooting happens, I finally unlock what some say is the most vital part of the American dream. My husband and I have a house in the suburbs now, big trees towering above — no picket fence, but a wide expanse of green and room...


'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' is filming an Israel scene and looking for 'Jewish types'

Season four of "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" was just as Jewy as the ones that came before it - with bar mitzvah scenes, lots of Yiddishisms, Jewish foods and contemplations about the existence of God....


'Jeopardy!' just had a Yiddish category and we're kvelling

"Jeopardy!" fans have been hard hit by the loss of Alex Trebek, who died of cancer on Nov. 8 at age 80. But because the show films in advance - and Trebek kept filming until a week before his passing...


Sacha Baron Cohen's next Netflix role is super Jewish and super relevant

(JTA) - The timing couldn't be more prescient for Aaron Sorkin's newest film, "The Trial of the Chicago 7." The movie by the Jewish "West Wing" creator, which is coming to Netflix on Oct. 16, is...


A Jewish anti-racist reading list for children of all ages

This moment has many of us reeling. Honestly, for those of you who are, like me, white-presenting Jewish parents, we should consider this a time of reckoning. Are we doing enough to make our homes...

 By Lior Zaltzman    Features    May 1, 2020

Netflix's 'Unorthodox' Is Yiddish, feminist and just what we need now

Back in 2012, when Deborah Feldman's memoir "Unorthodox" came out, several people recommended I read this tale about a young woman leaving the Hasidic Satmar sect. I didn't follow the advice, but I... Full story

 By Lior Zaltzman    Features    May 1, 2020

The real history behind HBO's 'The Plot Against America'

(JTA)-The new TV show based on Philip Roth's novel "The Plot Against America," helmed by David Simon, the Jewish creator of "The Wire," has premiered on HBO and made a splash with critics and fans.... Full story


Jewish mom Pink opens up about aging and I feel so seen

I grew up with Pink. Her first two albums, "Can't Take Me Home" and "Missundaztood," came out during bat mitzvah season for me, and it was her songs that truly got the party started. Yes, they were... Full story


There's a long history of Jews playing Nazis on screen

Taika Waititi's satirical film "Jojo Rabbit" is finally out! Set in Nazi Germany, the Jewish Maori director famously plays Adolf Hitler. "What better way to insult Hitler than having him played by a... Full story

 By Lior Zaltzman    News    June 21, 2019

Yiddish word kicked off Scripps Spelling Bee finals

It’s Yiddish for the win at the Scripps National Spelling Bee! OK, not quite, but last week, when the first rounds of the finals kicked off, the word “Yiddishkeit” nearly stumped contestant No.... Full story

 By Lior Zaltzman    Features    May 31, 2019

'Dead To Me' is the new Netflix show Jewish women need to watch

It's been a while since I felt like a show outsmarted me. But "Dead to Me," Netflix's new star-studded series, has made me gasp quite a few times. It manages to subvert all my expectations in a way... Full story


By comparing it to Anne Frank, this man nails the problem with Oscar winner 'Green Book'

When "Green Book" won the Academy Award for best movie, arguably the most coveted prize of the ceremony, "BlacKkKlansman" and "Do The Right Thing" director Spike Lee stormed to the back of the... Full story


Fire safety tips for the menorah

(Kveller via JTA)—While Chanukah is a favorite on the Jewish calendar, there is no holiday as dangerous with its open flames, boiling oil and sharp graters for making latkes. So we’ve compiled these helpful tips to help you minimize the risks... Full story


Eight 'Jewish' shows to watch this fall

(JTA)-Fall is here, and with it comes cooler weather, earlier sunsets and an end to whatever magical spell or temporary insanity that possessed us to spend our free time outdoors rather than in... Full story


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