Micah Kelber

What's a Mensch Doing on 'Iron Chef'?

Micah Wexler will face off against Bobby Flay on The Food Network’s ‘Iron Chef.’ Could a member of the tribe be TV’s next big foodie thing?

Going Talmudic on Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong is accused of systematically cheating by using performance-enhancing drugs. Could the cycling legend’s transgressions be justified under Jewish law?

Live From Venice: Ezio leaps a canal in search of justice, in ?Assassin?s Creed: Brotherhood.?

From ‘Chip ’n Dale’ to ‘Assassin’s Creed’

Micah Kelber profiles a Jewish writer of video game narratives, Jeffrey Yohalem, whose “Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood,” has sold more than 7.2 million copies.

Avishai Cohen

Gate to Identity

Moore’s bold writing shows that she isn’t afraid of very much. Her style includes the kind of things that other less courageous authors shy away from: playing with words, using exclamation points, combining sadness with silliness, mixing jadedness and profundity, hammering the truth of despair into a reader’s bones. Here she employs her subtler skills to portray an absence: a Jewish mother who fades from sight but pervades the themes of the book.

Dance Is a Journey: In this case, DNAWORKS went on a journey from America to Israel and from paralysis to dance.

We Will Not Stop Dancing

Last August a gunman entered the Aguda building in Tel Aviv and opened fire on the crowd at Bar Noar, a safe space for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth. He killed two and wounded a number of others before escaping without trace or identification.

Making the Desert Boom: Soulico breaking records for fun.

Urban Desert Holy Land Hip-Hop

The hip-hop bravado of Soulico, the Israeli DJ collective, comes with an undercurrent of adorable self-consciousness. Although the members are veterans of the business, they seem surprised by their breakthrough with an album and an American tour. Their affect is an excited, ?Can you believe it?? Because of the vibrant complexity they create, you shouldn?t be surprised by feelings of happy mindlessness on the dance floor. But if you do decide to pay attention, the album lends itself to bigger ideas and more important questions.