Arts & Culture


The Foodlums of Connecticut

By Johnna Kaplan

Connecticut is home to a surprising number of Jewish farms, foodies — and a whisky company. Our secret Jewish history of farming in the state explains why.Read More


How Jill Soloway Created 'Transparent' — the Jewiest Show Ever

By Debra Nussbaum Cohen

On its face, ‘Transparent’ is about a transgender father coming out to his family. It is also arguably the Jewiest television show ever.Read More


'Klinghoffer' Protesters United Against 'Anti-Semitic' Opera

By Rachel Benaim

About a thousand people joined together Monday night to express their dismay at the Met’s production of “The Death of Klinghoffer.” But not all of them agreed about exactly why they were there.Read More


When 'Klinghoffer' Played the Heartland

By Hody Nemes

‘The Death of Klinghoffer’ has ignited a divisive firestorm in New York. But a production in St. Louis helped bring communities together, Hody Nemes reports.Read More


The Soviet Pastoral of David Bezmozgis

By Yevgeniya Traps

After the widely-acclaimed “Natasha” and “The Free World,” David Bezmozgis returns with “The Betrayers,” inspired in part by the tale of Natan Sharansky. Yevgeniya Traps weighs in.Read More


The Resurrection of 'Klinghoffer'

By Adam Langer

Is the Met’s ‘Death of Klinghoffer’ a profound meditation? Or a misguided opera that borders on anti-Semitism? Arts editor Adam Langer delves into the controversy.Read More


Lend Me Your (Yiddish) Earlocks

By Philologos

A common Yiddish phrase literally means ‘I have it in the left earlock.’ Philologos investigates the idiom, which does not require knowledge of Jewish hairstyles.Read More


The Best Documentary Filmmaker You've Never Heard Of

By Gabe Friedman

Manny Kirchheimer is one of New York’s least-appreciated filmmakers. Now, thanks to the re-release of the 83-year-old’s ‘Stations of the Elevated,’ that may be changing.Read More


For David Bezmozgis, Fiction Must Go Far Beneath the Surface

By Gal Beckerman

David Bezmozgis portrays the Soviet Jewish experience with restraint and detailed focus. His new novel explores fresh ways to approach the topic he knows so well.Read More


Susan Sontag's Not-So-Secret and Not-Always-So-Jewish History

By Benjamin Ivry

Susan Sontag was a charismatic writer — and a magnet for criticism. A newly translated biography explores the Jewish legacy of the woman born Susan Lee Rosenblatt.Read More


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