Arts & Culture

When the Family Doctor Turns Out To Be Josef Mengele

By Regina Weinreich

In ‘The German Doctor,’ Argentinian film director Lucia Puenzo focuses on Nazis who found new lives in her country. But when she started, she hadn’t been thinking of Josef Mengele.Read More

The Secret Jewish History of William Shakespeare

By Seth Rogovoy

As Bardologists celebrate William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, one story isn’t being told. Seth Rogovoy reveals that the legendary playwright knew quite a bit about Judaism.Read More

Reb Zalman’s December Song

By Jay Michaelson

In “The December Project,” legendary “Kabbalah and LSD”-rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi talks about being old through the voice of Sara Davidson.Read More

Chasing Dr. Aribert Heim, the 'Butcher of Mauthausen'

By Laura Moser

Nazi doctor Aribert Heim, who performed unnecessary operations without anesthesia in concentration camps, died a free man. How did he escape justice?Read More

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

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