Why Did Yiddish Survive in Eastern Europe (for as Long as It Did)?

Nov 23, 2015 by

[Thanks to Martin Lewis, Michael Nosonovsky, Katya Shilova, and Elena Zusmanovich for insightful conversations that led to certain points in this post.]   In his essay “Yiddish? Why Don’t We Speak Judeo-French?”, George Jochnowitz...

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Tunisia’s Diverse Djerba Island and Its Annual Jewish Pilgrimage

Jun 2, 2015 by

[This post was originally published in June 2012] An earlier post discussed Ibadi Islam, the predominant faith in Oman. In addition to Oman and its settlements in East Africa, the Ibadi faith can also be found in small pockets in...

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Israel and Iran Before the Revolution: A Not-So-Secret Marriage of Con...

Apr 18, 2015 by

[This post was originally published in September 2013] With the growing enmity between Israel and Iran and the Israeli concerns about Iran potentially acquiring a nuclear bomb, it seems unimaginable that just a few decades ago...

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Iran’s Nuclear Program—And the Possibility of a Military Strike

Apr 12, 2015 by

[This post was originally published on GeoCurrents in November 2013] As the international community continues to put pressure on Iran in order to curb its nuclear program, numerous questions arise: Is Iran’s nuclear development...

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Two Innovations to Revolutionize How People Get Around in Israel

Jun 25, 2014 by

According to The Times of Israel, “The Israel Aerospace Industries campus near Tel Aviv will soon host an experimental new method of urban travel”. “Sleek two-person pods will whisk travelers around experimental...

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