Jewish Journal

What makes a skateboard kosher? [VIDEO]

By Jonah Lowenfeld

August 31, 2011 | 11:01 am

Avi Greenberg, right, and Clayton Graul, left, co-founded Kosher Skateboards, which produced its first run of decks earlier this year. Aryeh Kraus, center, is the company's pro rider. Photo by Jonah Lowenfeld

In high school, Avi Greenberg sometimes spent eight hours a day skateboarding. He kept a board in his school locker, and he wore through them quickly, sometimes as many as five in a month.... read full article

  • In Holocaust exhibition, objects give insight into survivors’ pasts

    By Ryan Torok

    August 31, 2011 | 10:09 am

    In a photograph currently hanging in the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (LAMH), Holocaust survivor Sophie Zeidman Hamburger drapes a garment she wore while escaping from a Nazi death march over her arms, one of which bears a number tattoo. In another, Toby Fainzylber Tambor...

  • Awakening to ‘Beasts’ of Hitler’s Berlin

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    August 31, 2011 | 9:59 am

    Erik Larson attracted a loyal and appreciative readership — and that includes me — with his potent blend of social history and serial murder in the best-selling “The Devil in the White City,” a work of meticulous research that reads like a thriller. Now he puts the same...

  • The Battle of the Fishy Folktales

    By Lisa Silverman

    August 30, 2011 | 4:35 pm

    On page 119a of Tractate Shabbat in the Babylonian Talmud, you will find an 8-line story about a fellow simply known as “Joseph-who-honors-the-Sabbath”.  It is mildly interesting and has a pithy ending. Here it is in its entirety:

    Joseph-who-honors-the Sabbath had in his...

  • China’s obsession with Hitler

    by Isaac Stone Fish, Tablet Magazine

    August 29, 2011 | 1:21 pm

    A Chinese Hitler, dressed like a mall cop, mopes in an underground bunker in 1945 as his empire is collapsing around him. But it’s not all bad news. “My stomach hurts, and it’s bigger. I’m pregnant!” Hitler exclaims, stroking himself mindlessly.

    “Hitler’s Belly,” a hit...

  • Mexican cousin of Ben-Gurion is newest Jewish star


    August 29, 2011 | 10:17 am

    Mexican singer Adam Kleinberg, a distant cousin of David Ben-Gurion, became the Jewish world’s newest star.

    Kleinberg, 21, whose great-grandmother was Ben-Gurion’s first cousin, beat out 30 finalists from around the world to win the Hallelujah music contest. He sang the song “Zeh Lo...

  • Hava Nagila: The Movie

    August 25, 2011 | 10:23 am

  • Harel Skaat, an Israeli pop “Idol” comes to the Ford Amphitheatre

    By Orit Arfa

    August 24, 2011 | 11:09 am

    One way to describe Israeli pop star Harel Skaat to American pop aficionados is to call him the Israeli “Clay Aiken”—a comparison Skaat might not like, considering he shies away from comparisons lest they smear his individuality.

    But like the 2003 “American Idol”...

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