Arts & Culture


Israel's Protest Queen Daphni Leef Isn't Prime Minister — Yet

By Tuvia Tenenbom

Daphni Leef spearheaded the social protests in Israel in 2011. The fact that she’s working in a beauty parlor instead of the Knesset astonishes Tuvia Tenenbom.Read More


What Gabriel Garcia Marquez Taught Me

By Boris Fishman

You wouldn’t think that a Soviet-Jewish immigrant would find much in common with Gabriel Garcia Marquez. But the late novelist once helped Boris Fishman find his first love.Read More


One For the (Vinyl) Record Books

By James Sullivan

When Israeli-born photographer Eilon Paz moved to Brooklyn, he stumbled upon a vinyl collector — and became hooked. He travelled across the world to photograph record collections.Read More


John Turturro's Hasidic Rom-Com

By Ezra Glinter

The prostitution plot in John Turturro’s ‘Fading Gigolo’ is little more than a comic foil to the love story between his character and Avigail, a Hasidic widow.Read More


Ab Cahan’s Ghost Returns in Cartoon Form

By Yevgeniya Traps

The Forverts’ famous ‘Bintel Brief’ gets a second life in Liana Finck’s graphic adaptation of the advice column. And so does its creator Ab Cahan — as a ghost.Read More


Doomed Jewish Freedom Fighter's Journey From Tel Aviv to Auschwitz

By Ofer Aderet

Lusia Horowitz left pre-state Israel to fight fascism in Spain — and wound up being captured by the Nazis and sent to die at Auschwitz. Her remarkable story is told in her letters.Read More


How Alfred Dreyfus Laid the Foundations for Blogging and Social Networking

By Menachem Wecker

Did the infamous Dreyfus Case lay the groundwork for modern social media? That’s one of the contentions in a new book of essays about the famously accused French Jewish soldier.Read More


Lars Von Trier's 'Nymph()maniac' Is Uncomfortable But Thought-Provoking

By Jay Michaelson

Lars Von Trier’s ‘Nymph()maniac’ is truly painful to watch. But Jay Michaelson says a film that makes one think this much is worth watching.Read More


Why We're Living in the Golden Age of Jewish Baseball

By Peter Ephross

We’re living through a veritable golden age of Jewish baseball. A new museum exhibit takes a look at those who lay the foundations for Ryan Braun and Ian Kinsler.Read More


Is Handel’s ‘Messiah’ an Anti-Semitic Screed?

By Benjamin Ivry

Music-loving Jews tend to enjoy the German composer Handel’s famous oratorio. That makes new research claiming that the ‘Hallelujah’ chorus is anti-Jewish all the more troublesome.Read More





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