Arts & Culture


Richard Linklater’s 'Boyhood' Captures the Spirit of the Time

By Jay Michaelson

Richard Linklater’s coming-of-age epic ‘Boyhood’ shows the dynamic interplay between sublime moments and the continuity of the everyday — just like in Jewish esoteric traditions, writes Jay Michaelson.Read More


Avery Corman's Bronx Tale

By Gabe Friedman

The Bronx used to be filled with candy stores, movie theaters, and kids playing stickball. The author of ‘Kramer vs. Kramer’ offers an ode to a lost New York era in his new memoir.Read More


Woody Allen’s 'Magic in the Moonlight' Will Be Forgotten Soon

By Ezra Glinter

Do rotten people make great art? Maybe. But whatever you think of Woody Allen, his new film ‘Magic in the Moonlight’ offers little evidence to back up that theory, Ezra Glinter writes.Read More


Actually, Toto, We Are Still In Kansas

By Sophie Unterman

Mission Hills is a privileged Kansas community complete with choice of country clubs. Sophie Unterman writes about growing up a misfit there in the latest of Our Promised Lands series.Read More


8 Things About Jews In Kansas

By Rachel X. Landes

8 Facts You Might Not Know About Jews In KansasRead More


Why Amos Oz, Israeli Author and Peace Activist, Can't Hide From Rockets of Gaza

By Hody Nemes

Amos Oz —  noted Israeli author and peace activist — is hospitalized and cannot take shelter from Gaza rockets. Fania Oz-Salzberger discusses her father’s disturbing predicament.Read More


Getting Back to the Garden (of Eden)

By Menachem Wecker

Biblical symbols abound in modern culture. The Museum of Biblical Art’s new exhibition shows how contemporary artists represent the Garden of Eden.Read More


My Hunt for the Cossacks in Ukraine

By Tuvia Tenenbom

Every Jew of European heritage has heard of the Cossacks. Tuvia Tenenbom went to Ukraine in search of the feared figures of his childhood nightmares — but found something very unexpected.Read More


Lee Grant Said Yes to Everything — Except McCarthyism

By Benjamin Ivry

Lee Grant is one of the rare Hollywood performers to triumph over the Hollywood blacklist. The Oscar-winning ‘Shampoo’ actress returns with a revealing new memoir.Read More


Modern Music With Minimalist Roots

By Gabe Friedman

Bang on a Can’s performance at the Jewish Museum is a reminder that Minimalism influenced music just as much as it influenced visual art.Read More





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  • "It pains and shocks me to say this, but here goes: My father was right all along. He always told me, as I spouted liberal talking points at the Shabbos table and challenged his hawkish views on Israel and the Palestinians to his unending chagrin, that I would one day change my tune." Have you had a similar experience?
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  • "We will do what we must to protect our people. We have that right. We are not less deserving of life and quiet than anyone else. No more apologies."
  • "Woody Allen should have quit while he was ahead." Ezra Glinter's review of "Magic in the Moonlight": http://jd.fo/f4Q1Q
  • Jon Stewart responds to his critics: “Look, obviously there are many strong opinions on this. But just merely mentioning Israel or questioning in any way the effectiveness or humanity of Israel’s policies is not the same thing as being pro-Hamas.”
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