‘Divines,” by French-Moroccan director Houda Benyamina told a story of friendship but with the gravity of a love story.
Time Out New York’s daily newsletter was the only thing that popped up in my inbox this morning. After the fifth or sixth refresh in as many minutes, I found myself compelled to actually open it. I was immediately drawn to the “Street Fashion: Wall Street Happy Hour” slideshow. The Forward’s office is a stone’s throw from Wall Street. Would I see some of my exceptionally well-dressed co-workers? Maybe Time Out’s photographers snapped my picture. And, I reasoned, if by some oversight they had forgotten to include us, I would at least glean useful tips on dressing professionally.
Mordechai Levovitz, co-founder of Jewish Queer Youth, a support network for queer Orthodox Jews under 30, visits the Forward’s podcast studio to discuss how he’s learned to to live as a gay observant Jew.
A lawsuit now working its way through federal court is adding an interesting twist to the heated debate over genetic patenting.
A federal court ruling striking down patents on two cancer-causing genes has the potential to shake up the world of genetic patenting.
Miryam Kabakov, editor of a new essay collection about Orthodox lesbians,”Keep Your Wives Away From Them: Orthodox Women, Unorthodox Desires,” visits the Forward podcast studio discuss coming out to her traditional parents, visiting a lesbian in the ultra-Orthodox enclave of B’nai Brak, Israel, and how she believes gays and lesbians can find their place in the Orthodox world.
The only privately owned copy of Oskar Schindler’s list — which contains the names of 801 Jewish men, many of whom Schindler helped save from concentration camps — is now for sale online for $2.2 million. Gary Zimet, a historical document sales specialist, is selling the list through his Web site, www.momentsintime.org, on behalf of an anonymous seller.
When I was told that there would be a professional paper-cutter visiting the Forward offices, my first reaction was to stock up on Band-Aids. But British artist Jacqueline Nicholls, in town for the recent Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance conference, is no paper-wielding ninja. An Orthodox feminist, Nicholls turned to the traditional Jewish art of paper-cutting to express frustration at what she sees as the misogyny in Jewish liturgy. Over the past six months, she’s created a series of doilies, featuring distressing quotes from traditional Jewish texts at the center and provocative illustrations in the surrounding latticework. In this audio slideshow, she discusses the rabbinic language behind the recent Women of the Wall debacle, the liturgical quote that takes on the idea of the Jewish American Princess, and the dirty search terms that drive the most traffic to her Web site.
The National Jewish Book Award winners were announced Wednesday and there’s good cause for excitement. From an illustrated children’s bible to a gripping young adult novel based on the voyage of the M.S. St. Louis, here are the list of winning books: