The history of bagels is an American tale

Check out this video to learn the history of bagels, including why one expert says no one's had a real New York bagel since 1967.

Jorge Corona-NYU • futurity
Jan. 15, 2020 ~1 min

Tags: business history food immigration united-states featured society-and-culture judaism

A quick history of Christmas trees in Jewish homes

A historian explains why many American Jews once had Christmas Trees in their homes, why the practice fell off, and who's bringing it back.

Julian Cardillo-Brandeis • futurity
Dec. 17, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: history religion holidays united-states featured society-and-culture judaism

The first American Jewish literary novel is now published

"'Cosella Wayne' transforms what we know about the history of early American Jewish literature..." Its discovery was recent, as was its publication.

Lawrence Goodman-Brandeis • futurity
Nov. 6, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: history religion literature society-and-culture judaism

What do Israel’s elections mean for Netanyahu?

Professor Yehudah Mirsky offers his analysis of the recent Israeli elections and their import for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Lawrence Goodman-Brandeis • futurity
Sept. 23, 2019 ~1 min

Tags: politics religion israel society-and-culture elections judaism palestine

What a 1928 blood libel in upstate New York reveals about today

A lost child in 1928 Massena, NY sparked the United States' only known blood libel. A new history of the event connects the dots to anti-Semitism today.

Niv M. Sultan-NYU • futurity
Sept. 11, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: politics history immigration religion bias united-states featured society-and-culture myths judaism

New edition of ‘American Judaism’ reflects recent history

The textbook "American Judaism," first published in 2004, has a new edition featuring updates regarding identity, politics, and a "national religious recession."

Lawrence Goodman-Brandeis • futurity
July 1, 2019 ~1 min

Tags: history religion united-states israel featured society-and-culture identity trends judaism

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