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  • The Gefilte Manifesto: Reimagining the Jewish cuisine of central Europe

    A new cookbook re-imagines traditional Ashkenazi food, a cuisine that for years was rejected by the children and grandchildren of immigrants from central and eastern Europe. This book is a big step toward correcting that injustice. Jeffrey Yoskowitz, who, together with Liz Alpern, co-authored a new cookbook called The Gefilte Manifesto: New Recipes for Old World Jewish Foods, has been on a culinary journey over the past decade. His experience includes a stint in Israel, where he volunteered for a year on a kibbutz that specializes in pig farming. During that period he wrote a witty blog about the conceit of being a vehemently secular American…

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  • The Iranian-German who made a film about the annihilation of Ukraine's Jews

    Director Farschid Ali Zahedi fled Iran for Germany following the Islamic Revolution, where he became fascinated by Jewish history and the Holocaust. After four years of work he is now releasing his latest film on the extermination of Jews in the Ukrainian city of Kovel. Orly Noy sat down to speak to him about debuting his film in Israel, the memory of the Holocaust, and the bleeding wound of his homeland.  Before the Second World War, the Ukrainian city of Kovel was home to an significant and flourishing Jewish community. During the Nazi occupation, which lasted from 1941 to 1944, the Jewish population…

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  • Palestinian motorcycle diaries: Why not travel to Ein Gedi?

    Upon our visit to the Qumran Caves we appeared to be strange and unusual creatures, as Palestinians do not usually come here. The Israeli family that we met did not even understand why we are not allowed to visit the Dead Sea. By Bassam Almohor On the banks of the Dead Sea is an ancient village belonging to a tribe that abandoned their lives and the commotion above, descending to the lowest place on earth, as if they had descended below the earth to the home of Hades, god of the underworld. They retired to a life of simplicity, humility, and purity, carving…

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  • The Tunisian star who filled Palestinians with hope — for one night

    For one night, Tunisian megastar Saber Rebaï brought Palestinians in the West Bank just a modicum of normalcy. Rawabi, Arabic for "hills," is a sleek name for a Palestinian city that was recently built between Jerusalem and Ramallah. Surrounded by settlements on all sides, the place looks like a standard Israeli bedroom community and has been dubbed "the future of Palestine." [tmwinpost] Yes, this is what they call virtually the sole real estate project promoted by the Palestinian Authority, with the support of moneyed investors like the Palestinian-American businessman Bashar Masri. According to the project's publications, it is meant to bolster the Palestinian…

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  • From Moscow to Jerusalem: My lifelong journey to becoming Israeli

    When I arrived in Israel, 25 years ago this week, it was the first time I realized I was 'Russian.' I had only been a Jew and a Soviet citizen, or so I thought. By Ksenia Svetlova Aliya is a lifelong journey, and this week I'm marking 25 years since mine started. On August 8, 1991, the movers came. I was still in bed, and my mother woke me up gently. The people who bought our furniture came to collect the beds. We spent our final night on stacks of old blankets provided by friends and neighbors. Our house was…

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  • Meet Palestine's animal rights activists

    An invitation to visit the site slated for Palestine's first vegan cafeteria led me to discover the buzzing, if incipient, world of animal rights activism in the West Bank. I have a confession to make: I, how shall I put this, don't like animals. Whether it's the annoying dog wagging his tail next to me on the street or the cute spoiled cat seeking an embrace, they just don't do it for me. [tmwinpost] I tried to learn the code of acceptable conduct among pets' adoptive families, though I always managed to fail by offending someone. Most of the time I extracted…

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  • Why I took 32 photos of my leg

    I hurt my leg, so I gave it a treat: a trip to sites across Israel/Palestine that tell of just how fragile the human body is. The doctor says my leg is fine, but I have doubts. I twisted it playing football (soccer, so be it) last autumn, tore a muscle and feared damage to the knee. I then went on to celebrate a "round" birthday. Forty is fairly young, but facing a new decade with an ache makes one ponder the human body and its weaknesses. The body feels different here in Israel/Palestine. It is a land where the…

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  • West Bank, Gaza gear up for Palestine's biggest sporting event

    This year's Palestine Cup, the biggest sporting event in the Palestinian territories, pits Hebron's Ahly al-Khalil against Shabab Khan Younis. Could reconciliation on the field pave the way for national reconciliation? By Yoni Mendel One of Jibril Rajoub's greatest achievements as the Chairman of the Palestinian Football Association, if not the greatest, took place a year ago. For the first time since the Second Intifada, Rajoub renewed the tradition in which the winner of the Palestine Cup in the West Bank plays against the winner in Gaza. [tmwinpost] This occurred after Palestinian representatives in FIFA threatened to vote in favor of boycotting Israel and expelling…

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  • The new Hebrew language schools challenging Zionist narratives

    How does language shape reality? How does reality shape language? Welcome to the postmodern discourse, where several new Hebrew-language programs are embracing critical pedagogy to leverage social change. By Laura Selz Only a century ago, Jews in Jerusalem spoke French, Yiddish or Arabic, that is, until a few devoted secular Zionists like Eliezer Ben-Yehuda re-invented Modern Hebrew as the common language for generations of Israelis to come. For hundreds of thousands of immigrants ever since, ulpans (Hebrew language courses) acted as a first step toward navigating their way through a foreign country and integrating into a new society. [tmwinpost] These…

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  • Muslim and Queer: Mourning after Orlando

    As a Queer person, the shooting on Sunday reminded me how ugly bigotry is. As a Muslim woman the media frenzy surrounding the shooting on Sunday reminds me of how ugly discrimination is. By Suhad Babaa I am Queer and Muslim, raised in a Muslim and Christian household. I was taught to love and be gracious, to be humble and to embrace ideas, cultures and experiences that were not my own. I have also been taught to listen and learn. I have tried to live those values every day. I don't usually weigh in when there has been tragic loss of life in the communities…

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