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These Were The Weeks That Were

JTA debuts the Jewish News Archive

Marc Tracy
May 04, 2011
Crazy dateline.(Alana Newhouse)
Crazy dateline.(Alana Newhouse)

The JTA’s Jewish News Archive dropped today, and it is cool! With a few holes, it contains, online, the Jewish wire service’s dispatches since 1917. And already it is doing a good job of not just providing these resources but presenting them in interesting ways. For example: Here, a children’s treasury of past birth certificate-related controversies in the Jewish community.

Also, you have basically have to read this article, from 1981, about “Two Finicky Visitors in Israel”: “Fritz, a 650-pound male dolphin, and Tivie, a female whose weight was not disclosed.” Nor her age, presumably.

Congrats to JTA, and do peruse the archive over lunch.

Marc Tracy is a staff writer at The New Republic, and was previously a staff writer at Tablet. He tweets @marcatracy.

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