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Thursday, September 23, 2021

100 Years Ago, Immigration Policy Was Just As Crucial — And Controversial

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Two contrasting images in “1917: How One Year Changed The World,” at Philadelphia’s National Museum of American Jewish History, demonstrate the volatility of American attitudes toward immigrants.A World War I poster cautioning against food...

Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko, famous for ‘Babi Yar’ poem, passes away

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Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko, whose 1961 poem about the Nazi massacre at Babi Yar near Kiev helped to expose rampant anti-Semitism in the Soviet Union, died Saturday at 84. Yevgeny Yevtushenko in 1972Yevgeny Yevtushenko in...

Bear Mitzvah in Meshugahlan

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A yellow teddy bear hangs from the ceiling. With a patterned parachute attached to its tiny body, it hangs, midflight, amid a cacophony of other creatures like a stuffed lion, a stuffed moose, a...

Tayere leyeners, dear readers,

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In March we had some great conversations and maybe just a kleyn bisele of Purim fun. It seems that you, our readers, enjoyed these things as well: this month we reached 2,000 "likes" on...

Reimagine Passover: National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene

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    Join NYTF, the Museum of Jewish Heritage, and The Workmen's Circle for a fresh new take on the traditional Seder! Matzapalooza! Sunday April 2, 10 A.M. to 1 P.M. at the Museum of Jewish Heritage Passover is...

How Did A Yiddish Opera Wind Up In Cuba Of All Places?

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You may have heard that the Yiddish-Cuban opera “Hatuey: Memory of Fire,” made its way to Havana in early March. Despite issues with a finicky old sound system, the premiere was a huge success...

How the Granddaughter of a Borscht Belt Waiter Became Roberta Peters, Opera Star

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he enduring career of the American Jewish soprano Roberta Peters, who died on January 18 at age 86, shows that while not absolutely necessary, it helped if an opera singer’s grandfather was headwaiter at...

Bodily Fluid Project Unites Muslims and Jews

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In a project melding interfaith dialogue and feminist theory, a Toronto gallery brought together Jewish and Muslim women to study sacred texts. Guided by Toronto artist Rochelle Rubenstein, the women created scrolls that meshed ancient...

The Origins of Foolishness

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ear Philologos,” writes Mosaic reader Jeremy Benstein from Israel: At a recent dinner, a discussion arose as to the origins of the Yiddish word narishkayt, “foolishness.” Although everyone seemed to agree that it came from...

Fault Lines, New Podcast

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Fault Lines, the Forward’s not-to-be-missed new podcast, launches today on iTunes. As a fan of the Forward, you can help us get the word out. Why does Fault Lines matter? Because you’ll hear two people...