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    How Serach bat Asher Became My Patron Saint

    My mother had learned a version of the St. Anthony prayer from her Catholic coworkers: St. Anthony, St. Anthony, won’t you look around? Something is lost and must be found. She proceeded to recite this prayer next to the dumpster.

  • Midge Maisel Catskills Season 2

    Review: “Mrs. Maisel” Season 2

    Does The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel accurately portraying New York Jewish life in the 1950s, or is it caricature? One of our writers tackles this question in her review of season 2.

  • Dahlia "Pobie" Johnston

    The Unsung Jewish Women of WWII

    It is the accomplishments of everyday women that shape our world and change our collective future. Let’s tell their stories, too.

  • Ilana and Abbi in Broad City Episode, "Witches"

    Why I Rewatched Broad City's “Witches” For My Birthday

    For my 22nd birthday in December, I decided to rewatch Season 4 Episode 6 of Broad City—“Witches”and let it all sink in as another year goes by, another birthday passes, and I apparently keep growing older.

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