The Afghan Geniza and Jerusalem Light Rail

The Afghan Geniza

Around the world in four clicks! We hand-pick unusual and noteworthy news items of Jewish interest from all corners of the globe. It’s like taking your web-surfing in a convenient “to go” cup. A fresh serving of news, brought to you by JewDub.

The past few weeks the world has been watching the Israeli Elections—but there’s a host of culture and comedy out there beyond the Knesset. See below for my personal picks.

The Afghan Geniza, or Afghan Archive, hosts a collection of documents surrounding Jewish Life in Persian Afghanistan from the 11th Century.

Pranking the Jerusalem Light Rail. I always felt pressure to throw a cardigan over my shoulders in J-Lem, so clearly a story about no pants plus tzit tzit pretty much made my Monday morning.

Bobby Fischer says he’s not a Jew, but the Lubavitcher Rebbe disagreed!

Rabbi Shlomo Brody discusses the halakha on gun control. “The word keshet not only describes the violent arrow employed by Ishmael and others but represents God’s rainbow, His promise to protect the world from further destruction.”

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About the Author:

Sarah Zaides is a PhD Candidate in the Department of History at the University of Washington. She holds the Charlotte W. Newcombe Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, was previously the Stroum and Althea Stroum Graduate Fellow and the Titus Ellison Fellow from the Jackson School of International Studies, and has been a recipient of fellowships from the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Vidal Sassoon Center, and the US Department of State. She is currently at work on a dissertation titled "Tevye’s Ottoman Daughter: Sephardi and Ashkenazi Jewries in the Shatterzones of Empire 1882-1923," which follows the saga of Russian Jews in Constantinople and Western Anatolia on the eve of Turkish and Soviet statehood. When Sarah isn't writing her dissertation, you can find her chasing vitamin D or working toward her life goal of being able to play (at least) the first movement of each of Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas.

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