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Blade Runner, Prague, Genesis – What Can We Learn from the Golem?

By: Assaf Gamzou Science fiction fans and cinema lovers across the world were all holding their breath in anticipation in 2017 at the release of Blade Runner 2049. In this sequence of Ridley Scott’s master piece, we are introduced to K, a replicant who hunts down other replicants and kills them. In the near future, […]

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The Jewish Tunisian Girl Who Became the Legendary Habiba Msika

What triggered the butterfly effect 50 years before Habiba Msika became the most famous Jewish Tunisian woman in the world, was in fact not a butterfly, but bacteria – the tuberculosis that entered the body of a poor little baby named Edgardo Mortara, born in 1851 to a Jewish family in Bologna, Italy. His Christian […]

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Beit Hatfutsot 40th Anniversary – Our Building is an Architectural Icon

“Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months” (Oscar Wilde) In this postmodern era of ours, when the concept of “truth” is undermined every single minute and dissected into numberless narratives, the building of Beit Hatfutsot is here, maliciously annoying all relativists. For five decades it […]

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Queens on Ice – 5 Greatest Jewish Female Skaters of All-Time

With the Winter Olympic Games commencing in South Korea it’s noteworthy to mention that one of the most successful Olympic sports for Jewish athletes has actually been the marquee event of the games – figure skating. In fact, at least 16 Jewish skaters throughout the generations have won Olympic medals – with the trend becoming ever […]

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The Shabbos Goy to the Rescue

In 1993 General Colin Powell visited the State of Israel. Upon meeting then-Prime Minister Yitzchak Shamir, he is said to have greeted the surprised Shamir with “mir kenen redn Yiddish!” (“We can speak Yiddish!”) Powell, the son of Jamaican immigrants who was born in Harlem and raised in the South Bronx of New York City, […]

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Star of David: Birth of a Symbol – Legends vs. Facts

In April 1959, the chamber of the Arab League Boycott of Israel submitted a demand that the Swiss watch company Ardath remove the Star of David from their logo, as it was an ancient Jewish emblem. A short while after, the Maariv newspaper delegate,  Yosef  “Tommy” Lapid  Z”L, published an item about the British tea […]

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Bob Dylan – Forever Young

“When you ain’t got nothing, you got nothing to lose”. Two millions Dollars was the sum an anonymous businessman gladly paid  for the four pages original manuscript of the song “Like a Rolling Stone”. Indeed irony is one way to describe Bob Dylan’s career, the poet who wrote this complex beautiful poem when he was […]