Yoel Hoffmann’s poetic novel ‘Moods’ resists easy description. But of the Romanian-Israeli author’s nine books, this one is the most Hoffmann-esque yet.
Shani Boianjiu’s new novel is a coming of age set in the Israeli Defense Forces. It’s about a world that’s been so strange for so long, no one thinks it’s strange anymore.
The tabloid photographer Weegee chronicled tenements and stoops, places where one could glance up from the comics and watch a body hit the ground.
A new book examines the role Jewish immigrants played in opposing Prohibition. Does it say more about Jews or about the broader American culture?
The groundbreaking PBS series ‘Prohibition’ depicts Jews as being caught in the crosshairs of a cultural movement that redefined their identity as new Americans.
Jan Karski with a wall-map of the Warsaw Ghetto at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Photo by E. Thomas Wood.
“The Queen Has No Crown,” Tomer Heymann’s devoutly personal look at family, gay identity, and homelessness, is a document of the ideological and geographical peregrinations of one Israeli family. Recently screened at the JCC in Manhattan as part of its Feigele Film Festival, and showing August 7 at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, the film was crafted from a decade’s worth of home videos and a precious trove of 16- and 8-millimeter film given to Heymann by his father. The resulting movie has no overt dogmatic or political message, nor does it chronicle any remarkable event, such as death or illness. At heart, it’s a profoundly human look at the run-of-the-mill challenges a family faces by its very nature — and the inevitable gaps that form in the sense of home as one tribe becomes many.
Danny Aiello tells Alma Cuervo he can’t fix her shoes in ‘The Shoemaker.’ Photo by Ben Hider.
It is peculiar, in a film based on the tendency of people to act wrongfully, for all the characters to do exactly what is right.