Arts & Culture

Judith Mergui Finds Funny Side of Sephardic French Exodus to Israel

By Cnaan Liphshiz

Judith Mergui is part of a new generation of French immigrants to Israel. She’s returning to her homeland — and creating quite a buzz with her cross-cultural mashup.Read More

'Twas the Night Before Hanukkah

By Hillel Kuttler

Some of the most popular Christmas tunes were written and/or sung by American Jews, notably the children of immigrants, like Irving Berlin, who composed the iconic ‘White Christmas.’Read More

Everything He Wanted To Know About Life Among the Ex-Orthodox

By Tuvia Tenenbom

Tuvia Tenenbom thought he might escape the gloom of strife-torn Jerusalem by spending an uplifting evening with those who have left the Orthodox world. Boy, was he wrong.Read More

Welcome to The New Republic — Taylor Swift's Been Waiting For You

By Neal Pollack

The recent purge at The New Republic put a rare bright spotlight on the magazine of ideas. Neal Pollack looks back at its, umm, storied history — and its future.Read More

My 'Exodus' Problem — And Ours

By Ezra Glinter

Ridley Scott’s big-budget epic doesn’t shy away from questioning God’s justice, or the chosenness of the Hebrews. But it raises uncomfortable questions about identity and race.Read More

For A.J. Jacobs, It’s All Relative

By Gabe Friedman

To A.J. Jacobs, his ancestors include parents, grandparents — and 80 million others. The author is creating the world’s largest family tree, and it includes Daniel Radcliffe and Judge Judy.Read More

How 'Aladdin' Became A Hanukkah Musical

By Tal Kra-Oz and Liam Hoare

Musical theater pantomimes are a well-loved Christmas tradition in England. Can Hanukkah pantos have similar success in Israel?Read More

When Terrorists Become Capitalists

By Jesse Oxfeld

Pulitzer Prize-winner Ayad Akhtar’s new play concerns a kidnapped banker. Terrorism and capitalism make a tantalizing mix, writes theater critic Jesse Oxfeld.Read More

The Small Florida Town That Could Have Been a Jewish Utopia

By Brian Zimmerman

Micanopy is a tiny town with a few restaurants and a lot of antique shops. Back in the 19th century, a man named Moses Levy tried to create a Jewish refuge there.Read More

'Regarding Susan Sontag' Focuses on Life at Expense of Her Work

By Gabe Friedman

‘Regarding Susan Sontag’ delves into the critic’s complicated relationship to Jewish culture. But it is far from a definitive biopic, as Gabe Friedman explains.Read More

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