Arts & Culture


Star of the Show That Inspired 'Homeland' Discusses How TV Affected Reality in Israel

By Sigal Samuel

Adi Ezroni, star of the show that inspired ‘Homeland,’ talks with Sigal Samuel about the show’s effects on the real-life crisis in Israel.Read More


The Women Rabbis Of New Mexico

By Ri J. Turner

New Mexico is home to several trailblazing rabbis and has become a breeding ground for female spiritual leaders. We visit as part of Our Promised Land series of all 50 states.Read More


6 Things About Jewish New Mexico

By Yardain Amron

Fancy some green chili in your matzo brei on Passover? Then you should go to New Mexico. Here are six things about Jewish New Mexico you should know.Read More


Indie Rock With A Spiritual Core

By Gabe Friedman

The Antlers have made a name for themselves with heartbreaking lyrics and atmospheric sounds. Singer Peter Silberman talks about how spirituality informed their new album.Read More


The Jewish Life and Times of Nadine Gordimer

By Benjamin Ivry

Nadine Gordimer, the Nobel Prize-winning novelist, has died at the age of 90. Benjamin Ivry remembers the Jewish life and legacy of the anti-apartheid literary icon.Read More


The Secret Jewish History of Prince

By Seth Rogovoy

We’re all jamming on the 30th anniversary of ‘Purple Rain,’ by the artist formerly known as Prince. But what about the Jewish story behind the legendary album?Read More


The Origins of Yiddish: Part Tsvey

By Philologos

The origins of Yiddish are subject to serious scholarly dispute. It’s so serious, in fact, that Philologos dedicates a second column to deciphering its beginnings.Read More


Why Jewish Artists Continue To Be Inspired by The Bible

By Benjamin Ivry

In contemporary art, Biblical themes can sometimes seemed outmoded. Not so for some of the most prominent Jewish artists of the 20th Century whose works were often religiously inspired.Read More


Holocaust Survivors’ Stories as Cartoons

By Anna Goldenberg

When filmmaker Nasya Kamrat sought for a way to remember her Holocaust survivor grandfather, she had an unusual idea: Use his paintings for an animated documentary.Read More


The Charmed Life of Charmed Bracelets

By Jenna Weissman Joselit

Charm bracelets were beloved by everyone from Mamie Eisenhower to Jenna Weissman Joselit’s Aunt Sylvie. They have largely disappeared, but their cultural value lives on.Read More





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  • "My bat mitzvah party took place in our living room. There were only a few Jewish kids there, and only one from my Sunday school class. She sat in the corner, wearing the right clothes, asking her mom when they could go." The latest in our Promised Lands series — what state should we visit next?
  • Former Israeli National Security Advisor Yaakov Amidror: “A cease-fire will mean that anytime Hamas wants to fight it can. Occupation of Gaza will bring longer-term quiet, but the price will be very high.” What do you think?
  • Should couples sign a pre-pregnancy contract, outlining how caring for the infant will be equally divided between the two parties involved? Just think of it as a ketubah for expectant parents:
  • Many #Israelis can't make it to bomb shelters in time. One of them is Amos Oz.
  • According to Israeli professor Mordechai Kedar, “the only thing that can deter terrorists, like those who kidnapped the children and killed them, is the knowledge that their sister or their mother will be raped."
  • Why does ultra-Orthodox group Agudath Israel of America receive its largest donation from the majority owners of Walmart? Find out here: http://jd.fo/q4XfI
  • Woody Allen on the situation in #Gaza: It's “a terrible, tragic thing. Innocent lives are lost left and right, and it’s a horrible situation that eventually has to right itself.”
  • "Mark your calendars: It was on Sunday, July 20, that the momentum turned against Israel." J.J. Goldberg's latest analysis on Israel's ground operation in Gaza:
  • What do you think?
  • "To everyone who is reading this article and saying, “Yes, but… Hamas,” I would ask you to just stop with the “buts.” Take a single moment and allow yourself to feel this tremendous loss. Lay down your arms and grieve for the children of Gaza."
  • Professor Dan Markel, 41 years old, was found shot and killed in his Tallahassee home on Friday. Jay Michaelson can't explain the death, just grieve for it.
  • Employees complained that the food they received to end the daily fast during the holy month of Ramadan was not enough (no non-kosher food is allowed in the plant). The next day, they were dismissed.
  • Why are peace activists getting beat up in Tel Aviv? http://jd.fo/s4YsG
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