Looking Up: Agata Kulesza (left) and Agata Trzebuchowska star in Pawel Pawlikowski’s Oscar-nominated film.

Does ‘Ida’ Misrepresent Poland's Treatment of Jews?

‘Ida’ has been shortlisted for the Oscars. The film about a nun’s secret Jewish roots is stunning, but some critics give it low marks for distorting Polish history.

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What’s Black and White and Jewish All Over?

Just imagine if your Jewish childhood friend became black. Can Jess Row’s debut novel ‘Your Face in Mine’ deliver a great read as it explores complex issues of race and gender?

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Why Sachlav Is Really Israeli — and Arab Too

Cultural purists are outraged that some call sachlav an Israeli drink. But Lior Zaltzman says the custardy milk quaff belongs to the entire Middle East — and we can all stake a sip.

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Laser Sharp Hilde Somer

Hilde Somer and her immense musical talent was “discovered” while fleeing Hitler’s Vienna with her family on an ocean liner bound for the US in 1938. Then an 8-year-old refugee with an uncertain future she would become a vibrant pianist and legendary supporter of contemporary composition.

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