Arts & Culture

New Offerings From the Jewish Bookshelf

By Liana Finck

Seen enough books about Jewish hipsters? About Israel? Intermarriage? Artist Liana Finck spoofs some of the more hackneyed titles in the Jewish book world.Read More

Of Egg Creams, Ed Koch and 49 Other Facts You Didn't Know About Jewish New York

By Laila Caron

Did you know that Al Jolson worked as a singing waiter — or how many pushcart vendors were in New York in 1930? We help test your Jewish Big Apple knowledge.Read More

Alexander Grothendieck, Brilliant Jewish Mathematician, Dies at 86

By Benjamin Ivry

Alexander Grothendieck, whose father was murdered at Auschwitz, went on to create the field of algebraic geometry. He was also a mysterious recluse.Read More

Amy Reichert’s Art Reinvents Judaica

By Jenna Weissman Joselit

Tired of dreary Judaica museum exhibitions? Amy Reichert’s artwork is refreshingly different, as she ‘re-looks’ at familiar ritual objects.Read More

Maybe Once Was F--cking Enough

By Adam Langer

Adam Mansbach’s viral hit ‘Go The F–k To Sleep’ has spawned its inevitable sequel. Our Adam Langer assesses the vulgar offering in rhyming verse — and F-words of his own.Read More

Chabad Lawyer Mediates Between Inuit Tribes in Alaska — and Keeps Kosher

By Geoff Kirsch

In the remote villages of rural Alaska, Judge David Avraham Voluck navigates the world of Alaskan tribal law while trying to keep kosher in a land of whale, seal, shellfish and caribou.Read More

8 Facts About Jewish Alaska

By Gabe Friedman

8 Facts About Jewish AlaskaRead More

Nazi Hunter Meets Nazi Architect

By Joshua Furst

A new installation by Israeli artist Dani Gal deals with the surprising friendship between Simon Wiesenthal and Albert Speer —  two men whose lives seem to be at odds.Read More

The Epic Battle Between Chicken and Chickenshit

By Philologos

Being called ‘chicken’ is one thing but ‘chickenshit’ is quite another. Philologos explains why Benjamin Netanyahu got so upset when the diplomatic stuff hit the fan.Read More

Free To Be You and Me and Jonathan Lethem

By Joshua Furst

Who knew that a musical about the friendship between a Jewish kid and the son of a soul singer in Brooklyn could deal with race, class and culture in a meaningful way?Read More

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