Arts & Culture


A People's Theatrical History of Howard Zinn

By Ed Rampell

Howard Zinn sought to put a populist stamp on history. A playwright who saw a kindred spirit in him is bringing the Jewish activist author’s life to the stage.Read More


Life Is a Chai-Way for Jewish Biker Clubs

By Lauren Davidson

Gil Paul is a member of Hillel’s Angels, one of dozens of Jewish motorcycle clubs across the land: ‘I thought I was the only Jew on a Harley Davidson. But I was wrong.’Read More


Pulitzer Prize-Winning Marilynne Robinson Discusses Her First Trip to Israel

By Beth Kissileff

Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson talks about how it felt to see Israel as a tangible landscape for the first time, what she thinks about BDS and how her trip will inform her future writing.Read More


'Jews Who Rock' Only Scratches Surface of Fame and Faith

By Laura Hodes

‘Jews Who Rock’ is a new exhibit that takes a one-size-fits all approach to musicians who are members of the tribe. Too bad it barely scratches the surface of their relationships to Judaism.Read More


Living Under the Iron Dome

By Tuvia Tenenbom

Tuvia Tenenbom takes the pulse of Israel and the West Bank as only he can. His counterintuitive conclusion? The calmest place around is a Jewish settlement far beyond the Green Line.Read More


Are Michelangelo's Drawings Anti-Semitic?

By Benjamin Ivry

Dozens of Jews are depicted on Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling. They look far less heroic than the sibyls and angels. But does that make the paintings anti-Semitic?Read More


A New Jersey Tale of Two Alfred Doblins — and One Umlaut

By Allan M. Jalon

Weimar era novelist Alfred Doblin is little appreciated outside literary circles. His strange connection to New Jersey’s Bridgegate scandal lands him a spot in Our Promised Lands series.Read More


The Origins of Yiddish: Part Fir

By Philologos

The true origins of Yiddish may never be found. Philologos argues that a synthesis of three different theories may best explain the migration of the language over time.Read More


Writing About Gaza From Comfort of Debra Winger's Manhattan Pad

By Sayed Kashua

Israeli Arab writer Sayed Kashua asks if he can sound credible writing about Gaza while sitting in a Manhattan apartment that belongs to a friend named Debra Winger.Read More





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