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  • Talk like a pirate—talk like a Jew?

    By The Web Guy

    September 18, 2008 | 5:42 pm

    Tomorrow is Talk Like A Pirate Day, which means it’s time to resurrect one of our most popular articles—the story of Jean Lafitte—Sephardic Jewish pirate of the Caribbean.

    Here’s an excerpt from Adam Wills’ fascinating article:

    Lafitte ... establish[ed] a pirate kingdom in the swamps...

  • From klezmer to country—linking the soundtracks

    July 1, 2008 | 5:04 pm

    NASHVILLE (JTA)—An international conference on country music may seem an unlikely place to find someone like me. For nearly two decades, I’ve been known for my writing on Jewish issues. But here I was recently in Music City USA taking part in a gathering of academics and other...

  • Many of Texas’ FLDS teen girls pregnant, mothers

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    April 28, 2008 | 4:53 pm

    More bad news regarding all those children taken into Texas custody when their parents’ polygamist ranch was raided earlier this month. From AP:

    SAN ANTONIO - More than half the teen girls taken from a polygamist compound in west Texas have children or are pregnant, state officials...

  • A Different Brand of Texas Governor

    By Robert David Jaffee

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    They don't make Jews like Jesus anymore, Kinky Friedman proclaims in his most famous song. They don't make Jews like Kinky Friedman anymore, either. While there are some notable Jewish pop and rock icons, Jews have never proliferated in the ranks of country-western music. Nor are...

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  • Texas Quartet Bucks Tradition

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 14, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "I love shattering musical stereotypes," Galeet Dardashti said. Her energetic quartet, Divahn, plays Sephardi and Mizrahi music with an American twist.

    The group's adaptation of a 16th-century Iraqi zmira (tune) blends banjo and tabla drums. Bluegrass-influenced violin infuses a...

  • A Night of Texan Jewish Humor

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 10, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    There is something inherently funny about growing up Jewish in Texas, says comic Allan Murray. Maybe it was all the well-meaning people who wished him a "Happy Chaka Kahn" at Chanukah. Maybe it was learning about female anatomy in junior high, "which scared the hell out of me because...
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