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A view of Pelourinho Square in Belmonte, Portugal (Filipe Rocha/Wikmedia)

The Inquisition isn’t just history here

BELMONTE, Portugal — To a casual observer, the weekend routines of the Jewish community of this placid town of about 6,000 in eastern Portugal are deceptively normal....

The Yiddish anarchism exhibition at YIVO

YIVO holds exhibit on Yiddish anarchism

NEW YORK — To the degree that you know anything about Yiddish anarchism, it probably boils down to one name: Emma Goldman. Even then you are probably more familiar...

Smartphone artwork

Smartphones not so smart for babies and children

By Noam Dvir In recent months, more parents of elementary school-age children are taking steps to battle smartphone madness by giving their children basic mobile devices...

A South Korean woman and her child read Talmud-themed books at a Seoul bookstore. (Tim Alper)

The chavruta comes to South Korea

By Tim Alper SEOUL — In 2014, Kim Hye-kyung found herself staring into an educational abyss. The mother of two lives in study-mad South Korea, a nation where parents...

Arlan Preblud

‘We Don’t Waste’

A Denver boy is riding the bus to school. The buzz centers on music, girls and sports — but he’s too worried that he will go to bed hungry for the third night in a...

Canadian Jewish soldiers in Palestine with workers and children from Ben Shemen on Tu B'Shevat in 1919.(Israeldailypicture.com)

Tu b’Shevat — as we know it — got started in Nebraska

By Hizky Shoham It’s a little-known quirk of timing and history that the transformation of Tu b’Shevat from an obscure kabbalistic holiday can trace its origins to a...

Cnaan Liphshiz at Amsterdam's Albert Cuyp Market, Jan. 5, 2018.

Synagogue going inspires dumpster diving

AMSTERDAM — I was recently offered a handout while rummaging for food in a heap of trash as my two small children looked on. It happened all because I wanted to start...

Nashville Puppeteer Brian Hull's has adapated Janusz Korsczak's children's book 'Kaytek the Wizard'.(Erika Chambers)

Janusz Korczak comes alive — again

NASHVILLE — In 2013, Nashville puppeteer Brian Hull was browsing through the stacks at the Nashville Public Library when he came across an obscure Polish children’s...

Jay Feinberg

Stem cell and marrow registry focuses on speed

By Faygie Holt In 1991, Jay Feinberg was facing a battle with leukemia and needed a bone-marrow transplant. Some 55,000 people got tested in the hopes of finding him a...

Mikhl Baran with some Kinder Ring campers.

A look back at feel-good from 2018

NEW YORK — This year hasn’t been an easy one. From shootings that claimed many innocent lives, including at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, to political turmoil in the US...