MaNishtana is the pseudonym of Shais Rishon, an Orthodox African-American Jewish blogger, editor-at-large at Multikosheral, and author of Thoughts From A Unicorn and Fine, thanks. How are YOU, Jewish? Follow him on Twitter @MaNishtana.
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An Ode to Avi Kaplan, Who’s Entering a Post-Pentatonix World

The only Jewish member of the most popular a cappella group in the world is moving on

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Group of Venezuelan Jewish Converts Denied Immigration to Israel

Israel’s Interior Ministry is not allowing a cohort of nine Venezuelan Jewish converts to make aliyah, claiming their engagement in the dwindling Jewish community has not been sufficient 

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Debunking Ben Shapiro’s Delusional Interpretations of ‘Torah Judaism’

The right-wing pundit spoke at Yeshiva University this week and said, ‘Transgender people are unfortunately suffering from a significant mental illness’

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Latino Jews Respond to Trump

Feelings of unease, and tiny pockets of satisfaction, around the results of the 2016 presidential election

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Bump Your Faith: Getting to Know Rappers Prodezra and Hebro

A mini interview with two rising stars in the Jewish rap game

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‘You Don’t Get to Play Much With Kids Who Look Like You, Right?’

My daughter wants to play with other black Jewish children, but her options are limited in our neighborhood

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Police Shootings, Consequences, and The City of Refuge

What will happen to the officer who shot Terence Crutcher?

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How to Be a Better Person, Month by Jewish Month

Elul, the last month of the Hebrew calendar, presents us with the opportunity to reflect and repent before the High Holdays. So why not do this during the entire year?

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I’m With Kaepernick

Growing up, I was taught not to pledge allegiance to America, a country built on a promise of racial equality that’s crumbled in front of our eyes

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What We Can Learn from the Origin Story of Tisha B’Av About Relating to the Aggrieved Today

According to Jewish tradition, all the calamities of our 2,000-year exile can be traced to a fatal flaw that is still with us

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Dear Jews, Black Lives Can’t Only Matter When You’re Criticizing The Movement

You can’t complain about the direction of a conversation when you haven’t been participating in it

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Why I Struggle To Observe The Three Weeks

A writer finds it challenging to commemorate the period between the Seventeenth of Tammuz and Tisha B’Av, a period of mourning known as The Three Weeks

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This Is #MyJewish. It Matters.

We may both be Jewish, but our differences are black and white

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The Ridiculous Would-be Dismissal of the Chief Rabbi of the Israeli-Ethiopian Community

Rabbi Yosef Hadane was controversially denied an extension of his tenure by Israel’s Religious Services Ministry. Now, facing pressure, the organization is seeking to extend his contract.

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What Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob Have Taught Me About Fatherhood

When both a father and his offspring are leaders, what’s the most ideal dynamic between them?

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Express Yourself

A video showing two Jewish girls rapping about the benefits of genetics testing has received a mixed response, which is a shande because it’s fantastic

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The Journeys of Six Jewish Americans

For Jewish American Heritage Month, here are highlights from the lives of some incredible people, from journalist Connie Chung to opera singer Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell

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Turn Up For What? The Omer.

One restriction while counting the Omer is listening to instrumental or live music. So quench your aural thirst by enjoying these a capella faves.

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Five Seder Traditions From Around the Globe to Spice Up Your Own

Jews are not monolithic, and nowhere is that clearer than when it comes to one of Judaism’s oldest rituals

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For African-American Jews, the History’s in the Charoset

To create a charoset dish that holds meaning for African-American Jews, try including ingredients that are derived from crops of the transatlantic slave trade

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The Budding Joys of Jewish Fatherhood

My two-year-old daughter’s commitment to living Jewishly amazes me. I hope I don’t screw it up.

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Synagogues Need to Welcome and Celebrate Jewish Diversity

Thoughts on the importance of the updated list of ‘Welcoming & Diverse Synagogues’ curated by Shirley Gindler-Price, the former president of the Jewish Multiracial Network

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About to Rock That Edgy Purim Costume? Here’s a Filter For That.

Dressing like a Geisha? Nuh-uh. Wearing Brendan Frasier’s career? You’re good to go.

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What Does It Take To Be Considered Jewish?

Some of the feedback about my ‘Black Jews You Should Know’ lists questioned the validity of my choice to include certain persons

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Black Jews You Should Know, Part 4

New England Patriot Andre Tippett, actress Nell Carter, Dario Hunter, the first Muslim-born man to become a rabbi, and other luminaries

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Black Jews You Should Know, Part 3

Meet the Jewish star of Hamilton, an Orthodox Los Angeles civil servant, a Hebrew-schooled safety for the Oakland Raiders, and many others

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Black Jews You Should Know, Part 2

Black History Month 5776 continues with mini-profiles of seven inspiring Jews, from actress Sophie Okonedo to author James McBride

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Black Jews You Should Know, Part 1

They’re cool and all, but you won’t find Drake, Slash, or Rashida Jones on this list

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The Rap on Jewish Rap

Israeli singer Gad Elbaz brought on rapper Nissim Black, who steals the show in ‘Hashem Melech.’ But does the accompanying music video do a fair job of portraying race?

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