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MMA’s Big Macher

A conversation with Ariel Helwani, a Montreal Jew of Mizrahi extraction whose climb to the top of mixed martial arts journalism just landed him a new show on ESPN

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Who Gets to Speak for Mizrahi Jews?

My Iraqi-born Israeli grandparents, or anti-Israel activist Marc Lamont Hill?

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Master of the Double Exile

The late Iraqi Israeli novelist Samir Naqqash was forever torn between competing loyalties. An English translation of ‘Tenants and Cobwebs,’ his portrait of 1940s Baghdad, shows him to be the tragic chronicler of the uprooting of Iraqi Jews.

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A Lesser Wife

In an excerpt from Ayelet Tsabari’s memoir, ‘The Art of Leaving,’ how a Yemeni grandmother found freedom in Israel, but failed to pass on the immigrant’s new rootedness to her daughters

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A-WA’s Electric Mizrahi Beats Are Coming to a Dance Floor Near You

Israeli sister-trio A-WA has officially broken into the American mainstream with their undeniably catchy single, ‘Habib Galbi’

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Before Its Destruction: Jobar Synagogue in Syria

An organization called Diarna has created an online ‘geo-museum’ where visitors can explore historical Jewish sites in the Middle East and North Africa that no longer exist

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An Intersectional Failure: How Both Israel’s Backers and Critics Write Mizrahi Jews Out of the Story

Jews of color from the Middle East and North Africa comprise a plurality of Israel’s population, yet both the country’s supporters and detractors elide the Mizrahi experience. This needs to change.

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Israel’s Happiness Revolution

What my preschooler’s taste in Mizrahi pop says about where the country is at

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That New Kebab Joint’s Secret Ingredient? A Beloved Cult Star

Israelis love Avi Bitter’s melodramatic music and underground films. Now they can meet him while they try his recipes.

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Israeli TV Series Examines The Lives of Mizrahim

Amnon Levy’s latest miniseries probes Israel’s so-called ‘ethnic demon’

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Israeli Singer Yehoram Gaon’s Music Comeback

Listen to the first single off his new album with Mizrahi singer Amir Benayoun

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Stuck in La La Land

An Israeli reality TV show sends hopeful Mizrahi pop stars to California to chase the American Dream

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Melting Pot

Iraqi-style soup dumplings seem somehow authentic, the embodiment of a less clichéd, more complex Israel—but it turns out they, too, are hybrids

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