Arts & Culture


Legendary South African Jewish Athlete Dies at 103

By Benjamin Ivry

Norman Gordon, who has died at age 103, epitomized speed and durability in cricket. He was South Africa’s first openly Jewish cricketer. Benjamin Ivry remembers his legacy.Read More


How Kosher Food Came To Montana

By Aruna D’Souza

The Jewish population of Montana might be tiny – but the kosher food industry isn’t. That’s thanks to one ambitious Chabad rabbi, who brought a vision to Big Sky country.Read More


Changing Names of ISIS Reveal Growing Ambitions

By Philologos

ISIS changes its name every few years. Philologos explains that this signals the terrorist group’s desire to dissolve the Muslim world’s establishment boundaries.Read More


Travels in Poland and Israel, Between Old Wars and New

By Annette Insdorf

As Annette Insdorf writes about film in Poland and Israel, she finds herself tracing the continuities, as well as the tensions, of Jewish identity.Read More


‘The Notebook’ Is the Stuff Nightmares Are Made Of

By Anna Goldenberg

‘The Notebook,’ a coming-of-age drama set in wartime Hungary and based on the bestseller by Agota Kristof, reminds Anna Goldenberg of childhood nightmares.Read More


Houdini, My Father and Me

By Nicholas Meyer

Why did the great escape artist Harry Houdini, who was born Ehrich Weiss, end up doing what he did? A new History Channel miniseries argues that it was his father who pushed him.Read More


The Revolution Will Be Animated

By Ezra Glinter

Ari Folman’s movie ‘The Congress’ is a brilliant spectacle, an exhilarating visual extravaganza and a slapdash thought experiment. It is also unlike anything Ezra Glinter has ever seen.Read More


Jill Sobule's Adaptation of 'Yentl' Hews Closely to Isaac Bashevis Singer's Groundbreaking Work

By Lisa Traiger

Barbra Streisand’s version of ‘Yentl’ made a lot of changes to Isaac Bashevis Singer’s inspiring story. Songwriter Jill Sobule’s adaptation hews closer to the original.Read More


Yiddish Tango Is Irresistible Musical Hybrid

By Anthony Weiss

Yiddish tango, the musical genre that packs crowds into the stately courtyard of the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, is a musical hybrid spanning continents.Read More


The Secret Jewish History of the Beach Boys

By Seth Rogovoy

The tousle-haired Beach Boys are an iconic all-American family band. But the guitar of David Marks, a Jewish neighbor, shaped their distinctive California sound.Read More


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