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  • Is There a Smart Gene in Ashkenazis?

    By Geoffrey Carr

    June 9, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The idea that some ethnic groups may, on average, be more intelligent than others is one of those hypotheses that dare not speak its name. But Gregory Cochran, a noted scientific iconoclast, is prepared to say it anyway. He is that rare bird, a scientist who works independently of...

  • Are Jews Smarter?

    By Chanan Tigay

    June 9, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    A reported link between Ashkenazi intelligence genes and susceptibility to genetic disorders is clearly mixed news for the descendants of Eastern European Jews.

    It may come as little surprise, then, that reactions to a new study linking the two are a mixed bag as well.

    After all,...

  • Mikveh Plunges Into Uncharted Waters

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 17, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Since the klezmer revival exploded a quarter century ago, the Ashkenazi musical tradition has experienced more variations than deli sandwiches. There has been klezmer-infused jazz, hip-hop, bluegrass and most any other permutation one can imagine. But as klezmer has morphed from...

  • Recall Golus

    By Gaby Wenig

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    As recall fever is sweeping the state, a number of cars in the Pico-Robertson and Fairfax neighborhoods are sporting bumper stickers that say "Recall Golus." Who is Golus exactly, you ask? Is it Gray Davis' middle name? The name of the 136th candidate on the ballot?

    The stickers,...

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  • Mizrachi Options to Liven the New Year

    By Judy Bart Kancigor

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    While apples and honey are de rigueur among Ashkenazim for celebrating the New Year, Middle Easterners turn to the more exotic, like dates, quinces or pomegranates during the High Holidays. So if you're looking for some unique recipes this High Holiday season, you might want to turn...

  • One People, Two Cuisines

    By Beverly Levitt

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Because my ancestors were from Eastern Europe, specifically Latvia, Lithuania and Vilna, I am Ashkenazi. Just as I thought all Jews spoke Yiddish, a language I delight in because it's so colorful, I grew up thinking Jewish cooking was my mother's brisket and carrot tzimmes, my Granny...

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