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Operation Desert Stork

“I am now heading on a very long trip to two places, which for most of my adult life, I have been ambivalent about. And frankly, scared of. Parenthood and Israel. “


How Hip is Hitler?

When is it ok to laugh at a madman from our not-too-distant past? What does it mean when we use fascist imagery in pop-culture? Niki Minaj just did it and so do many others. Erin Corber contemplates the trend.

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5775 Is Here!

Check out some of what Shtetl got up to in the past year. Let’s hope 5775 brings us all more weird and wonderful adventures in Jewish arts and culture! Shana Tova!!

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Israel, Iraq, Isis & The Music of Dudu Tassa

Dudu Tassa brings Iraqi pop to Montreal for The Montreal Jewish Music Festival.

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More Shtetl Magazine

God Told Me To Come to Toronto!

And when God tells Shtetl to go West, baruch hashem (enshallah), Shtetl obeys. Especially if she, the almighty one, is commanding me to sit in a dark room and injest movie after movie. Some call it the cave, some call …

Bondage & Glitter
Glitter & Bondage: Pesach in Berlin

Liad Hussein Kantorovic is an Israeli living in Berlin. A maven of kitsch, Kantorovic has a campy take on the Passover seder. Click the play button below to hear it. Tune in for more about Israelis in Berlin this Friday …

Berlin’s Einstein of Sex

Before Harvey Milk, before Stonewall, before Kinsey, Hirschfeld’s radical ideas changed the way Germans thought about sexuality.

This Is How We Jew It (At Le Mood).

Le Mood season has come and gone. Grumpy freelancer Adam Kovac gives us his take on the festival of arts, culture & learning that is forging new ground in Montreal’s Jewish landscape.

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Susan Moss Shoots the Stars

Susan Moss is an institution in Montreal’s indie photography and music scene. She’s the main photographer at Osheaga music fest and she gets great shots cause she’s pushy as hell! (But pushy in a good way).

The Anal Phase. Illustration by Jacob Aspler
Psychosexual Development of a Jewish Heretic. The Anal Phase: Let My People Go

What does poophoria have to do with Chassidic rebellion? What is poophoria? Find out in this fresh instalment of The Psychosexual Development of a Jewish Heretic: The Anal Phase; Let My People Go!

Jewish Polish Dolls
Jew Dolls & Other Ethnic Toys

“Wanna buy a Jew? We got plastic, we got wood, we got Hassids, we got Jews holding coins…”. Now say that in Polish and you might just be at a market in Krakow where Jewish figurines are available for sale and where they are commonly found in Polish homes.

Riff Cohen à Paris

Riff Cohen is French/Israeli/Tunisian/Algerian. Her new album has a North-African trashy-pop thing happening. Read Nicolas Roux’s interview with her in Paris and check out her tunes this Friday on Shtetl on the Shortwave.

Mother As Method – Talking Sex with Mom

Young Montreal writer “Lick My Knish” is realizing that women are not as sexually liberated as she believed….and talking to her Mom as she sculpts obese naked women seems to confirm this. What do you think?

Letting It Go
Miriam Katin on Letting Go

Graphic novelist and Holocaust survivor Miriam Katin’s son wants her to help him get European citizenship from Hungary so he can move to Germany and be with his girlfriend. What to do?