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Jewish Horror

Judaism offers the same baroque supernatural possibilities that Christianity does. So why is it rarely a universal source for genre filmmakers? And what does it say about human evil?

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The Esthers: Top 10 Jewish Films of 2018

World War II, the Cold War, American racism, Polish introspection, and Jerry Lewis

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Linda Richman Is Verklempt

Rokhl’s Golden City: How Yiddish entered American pop culture, and how American pop culture penetrated the Yiddish vernacular

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A Modern Israeli Take Revives the Spirit of ‘The Dybbuk’

Israel’s Gesher theater company gives the classic tale of religious spirits a modern psychological turn

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In the Vernadsky Library

Newly digitized recordings offer an unprecedented glimpse of the Ukrainian-Jewish past

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A Polish Director and His Country Possessed By Jewish Demons

The late Marcin Wrona’s dark new Dybbuk parable digs deep into a haunted past

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Haunted Dybbuk Boxes For Sale

Warning: Do not, under any circumstances, open this story

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The Once and Future Jewish Exorcists

For Halloween, the dybbuk—a demon that invades Jewish bodies—is back from the shtetl, and special rabbis will drive it out

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Daybreak: Israel Preps for Assad Regime’s Fall

Plus, Claude Lanzmann detained, Assad’s emails, and more in the news

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Survey Says

S. An-sky created a survey—never completed—on shtetl life in the 1910s. Its 2,087 questions offer a fascinating window on the Pale of Settlement.

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Musical Society

Studying the emergence of a Jewish national music in Imperial Russia

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