Anne Meara was far more than one half of Stiller and Meara and also far more than Ben Stiller’s mother. Benjamin Ivry recalls her Jewish legacy.
In 2017, music director Alan Gilbert will be leaving the New York Philharmonic. So, who should his successor be? Benjamin Ivry indulges in a kind of classical music fantasy football.
Robert Wistrich has died at the age of 70. Benjamin Ivry explains how Wistrich was far more than an eminent historian of anti-semitism.
Historian and professor Ezra Mendelsohn, who has died at the age of 74, infused esthetics into the study of Jewish history. Benjamin Ivry remembers some of Mendelsohn’s more notable contributions.
Born Peter Fröhlich in Berlin, Peter Gay went on to become a renowned historian and a biographer of Sigmund Freud. Benjamin Ivry remembers the man’s life and Jewish origins.
The resonant voice of critic M.H. Abrams has been stilled at the age of 102. Benjamin Ivry looks back at the legacy of the author of ‘The Mirror and the Lamp.’
Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein are the Jewish kings of the American musical. How could they have been so shockingly insensitive — even racist — in their epic ‘The King and I’?
Virgil Thomson, subject of a new Library of America series, produced admirable works. But his offensive statements about Aaron Copland and George Gershwin are cause for scrutiny.
A new book defends Lewis Carroll against accusations of pedophilia. But Benjamin Ivry asks why it leaves his controversial statements about Jews unexplained.
Gene Saks, director of “Brighton Beach Memoirs” and countless other plays, has died at 93. Ben Ivry remembers Saks’s reputation as a creative artist and a Jewish thinker.