As we observe the 400th anniversary of Miguel de Cervantes’s death, Benjamin Ivry commemorates the occasion by speaking with Cervantes expert Ruth Fine about the Jewish origins of Don Quixote’s creator and some of the stranger interpretations of his novel.3
Has there ever been a Jewier Jew than Barbra Streisand in American pop culture? To Neal Gabler, who has written a new biography of Babs, Streisand’s greatest accomplishment was transforming her Jewishness into a metaphor.14
It wasn’t just that the novel’s prologue seems to feature Sir Isaac Newton in a romantic liaison with a young Italian man that caught my attention.
Author Michael Chabon has long tried to justify Israel’s actions toward Palestinians, but told the Forward he can’t do so anymore after a West Bank Tour.207
Before the Dead Sea Scrolls, another Biblical discovery made headlines. The purported original Book of Deuteronomy was sold for $1 million in 1883. More than a century later, Chanan Tigay tries to track the book down — and determine whether it was real or forged.
David Duchovny’s ‘Bucky F*cking Dent,’ a new novel, is set in a (half) Jewish New York.
Artist, author and activist Molly Crabapple has a radical vision of citizenship. Upon the publication of her memoir “Drawing Blood,” she shares it with us (along with some stories of her Jewish upbringing).
Louie Kemp, Bob Dylan’s pal since childhood and Camp Herzl, will write a memoir of their lifelong friendship and, perhaps, his own success story as a frozen fish entrepreneur.
In the mid-1970’s, beat poet laureate Allen Ginsberg composed the poem “Father Death Blues” about the passing of his father.7
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