Arts & Culture


Michael Twitty, Black Jewish Foodie, Talks 'Culinary Justice'

By Nirit Ben-Ari

From an early age, Twitty recalls, when he visited friends’ homes, he wanted to talk to their grandmothers and see how they cooked. Over time, he became a walking historian of Southern cooking. Later, he started to interview Jewish grandmothers and find out what happened to Jewish cooking when it arrived in the American South.Read More


7 Things About Jewish North Dakota

By Robin Doroshow

Did you know North Dokata has a Jewish pioneer cemetery and a McDonald’s run by Jews? Here are seven surprising things about the Peace Garden State.Read More


Few Bright Spots for Jewish Books in 2014

By Joshua Furst

The Jewish community needs books that don’t confirm what we already believe. Joshua Furst has some suggestions to liven things up after a bad 2014.Read More


Theater J's Ari Roth Knew Days Were Numbered After Feuds Over Israel

By Anna Goldenberg

Ari Roth knew he wouldn’t stay as director of Washington’s acclaimed Theater J after a series of disputes, many over Israel. But he was still shocked at how suddenly the ax fell.Read More


When the Legendary Theodore Bikel Turned 90

By Dan Epstein

Theodore Bikel turned 90 last month. The man who played Tevye talked to the Forward about growing up socialist, Bob Dylan and how to not get bored in your nineties.Read More


'The Interview' Shows That Comedy Can Still Be Dangerous

By Ezra Glinter

Sony has scrapped the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy ‘The Interview’ amid North Korean threats and a cyberattack. Ezra Glinter explains why it’s really a victory for good over evil.Read More


How Sy Berger Invented the Baseball Card

By James Sullivan

Prized baseball cards are valued at thousands of dollars. For that we can thank Sy Berger, the son of a Lower East Side furrier who created the industry, James Sullivan writes.Read More


How an Okie Named Woody Guthrie Became Our Best Hanukkah Tunesmith

By Thomas Conner

An unlikely person is the mastermind behind several beloved Hanukkah songs: folk music icon Woody Guthrie, who was born and raised in Oklahoma.Read More


The Great Food Fight of 1883

By Jenna Weissman Joselit

The ordination of America’s first class of Reform rabbis was celebrated with a — yes, you guessed it — ‘trefa banquet.’ Was the non-kosher menu an accident?Read More


Ain’t Nobody Here but Us Chickens

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

A Holocaust parable? A celebration of polyglot Brooklyn? Josh Nathan-Kazis might be overthinking Daniel and Jill Pinkwater’s new picture book — but it’s worth reading anyway.Read More


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