Arts & Culture


Actually, Toto, We Are Still In Kansas

By Sophie Unterman

Mission Hills is a privileged Kansas community complete with choice of country clubs. Sophie Unterman writes about growing up a misfit there in the latest of Our Promised Lands series.Read More


8 Things About Jews In Kansas

By Rachel X. Landes

8 Facts You Might Not Know About Jews In KansasRead More


Why Amos Oz, Israeli Author and Peace Activist, Can't Hide From Rockets of Gaza

By Hody Nemes

Amos Oz —  noted Israeli author and peace activist — is hospitalized and cannot take shelter from Gaza rockets. Fania Oz-Salzberger discusses her father’s disturbing predicament.Read More


Getting Back to the Garden (of Eden)

By Menachem Wecker

Biblical symbols abound in modern culture. The Museum of Biblical Art’s new exhibition shows how contemporary artists represent the Garden of Eden.Read More


My Hunt for the Cossacks in Ukraine

By Tuvia Tenenbom

Every Jew of European heritage has heard of the Cossacks. Tuvia Tenenbom went to Ukraine in search of the feared figures of his childhood nightmares — but found something very unexpected.Read More


Lee Grant Said Yes to Everything — Except McCarthyism

By Benjamin Ivry

Lee Grant is one of the rare Hollywood performers to triumph over the Hollywood blacklist. The Oscar-winning ‘Shampoo’ actress returns with a revealing new memoir.Read More


Modern Music With Minimalist Roots

By Gabe Friedman

Bang on a Can’s performance at the Jewish Museum is a reminder that Minimalism influenced music just as much as it influenced visual art.Read More


What's a Nice Jewish Boy Like Jake Kasdan Doing Making a 'Sex Tape?'

By Curt Schleier

Hollywood scion Jake Kasdan is following up ‘Bad Teacher’ with ‘Sex Tape,’ starring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel. Curt Schleier gets to the, umm, bottom of it and Kasdan’s Jewish upbringing.Read More


The Gift Nadine Gordimer Gave to Me

By Kenneth Bonert

Obituaries celebrating the life of Nadine Gordimer have focused on her anti-aparththeid work. But for Kenneth Bonert this praise overlooks her brilliance and originality as a writer.Read More


Star of the Show That Inspired 'Homeland' Discusses How TV Affected Reality in Israel

By Sigal Samuel

Adi Ezroni, star of the show that inspired ‘Homeland,’ talks with Sigal Samuel about the show’s effects on the real-life crisis in Israel.Read More





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  • "My bat mitzvah party took place in our living room. There were only a few Jewish kids there, and only one from my Sunday school class. She sat in the corner, wearing the right clothes, asking her mom when they could go." The latest in our Promised Lands series — what state should we visit next?
  • Former Israeli National Security Advisor Yaakov Amidror: “A cease-fire will mean that anytime Hamas wants to fight it can. Occupation of Gaza will bring longer-term quiet, but the price will be very high.” What do you think?
  • Should couples sign a pre-pregnancy contract, outlining how caring for the infant will be equally divided between the two parties involved? Just think of it as a ketubah for expectant parents:
  • Many #Israelis can't make it to bomb shelters in time. One of them is Amos Oz.
  • According to Israeli professor Mordechai Kedar, “the only thing that can deter terrorists, like those who kidnapped the children and killed them, is the knowledge that their sister or their mother will be raped."
  • Why does ultra-Orthodox group Agudath Israel of America receive its largest donation from the majority owners of Walmart? Find out here: http://jd.fo/q4XfI
  • Woody Allen on the situation in #Gaza: It's “a terrible, tragic thing. Innocent lives are lost left and right, and it’s a horrible situation that eventually has to right itself.”
  • "Mark your calendars: It was on Sunday, July 20, that the momentum turned against Israel." J.J. Goldberg's latest analysis on Israel's ground operation in Gaza:
  • What do you think?
  • "To everyone who is reading this article and saying, “Yes, but… Hamas,” I would ask you to just stop with the “buts.” Take a single moment and allow yourself to feel this tremendous loss. Lay down your arms and grieve for the children of Gaza."
  • Professor Dan Markel, 41 years old, was found shot and killed in his Tallahassee home on Friday. Jay Michaelson can't explain the death, just grieve for it.
  • Employees complained that the food they received to end the daily fast during the holy month of Ramadan was not enough (no non-kosher food is allowed in the plant). The next day, they were dismissed.
  • Why are peace activists getting beat up in Tel Aviv? http://jd.fo/s4YsG
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