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How Alfred Dreyfus Laid the Foundations for Blogging and Social Networking

By Menachem Wecker

Did the infamous Dreyfus Case lay the groundwork for modern social media? That’s one of the contentions in a new book of essays about the famously accused French Jewish soldier.Read More

Lars Von Trier's 'Nymph()maniac' Is Uncomfortable But Thought-Provoking

By Jay Michaelson

Lars Von Trier’s ‘Nymph()maniac’ is truly painful to watch. But Jay Michaelson says a film that makes one think this much is worth watching.Read More

Why We're Living in the Golden Age of Jewish Baseball

By Peter Ephross

We’re living through a veritable golden age of Jewish baseball. A new museum exhibit takes a look at those who lay the foundations for Ryan Braun and Ian Kinsler.Read More

Is Handel’s ‘Messiah’ an Anti-Semitic Screed?

By Benjamin Ivry

Music-loving Jews tend to enjoy the German composer Handel’s famous oratorio. That makes new research claiming that the ‘Hallelujah’ chorus is anti-Jewish all the more troublesome.Read More

Why Jews Suffer From a Quilt Complex

By Jenna Weissman Joselit

Why is it that Jews seem to have very little history with quilting? Jenna Weissman Joselit says it may have something to do with how common geese were in the Old Country.Read More

Remembering Herman Taube, Witness to a Vanished World

By Forward Staff

Herman Taube, Polish-born novelist, poet and longtime Washington correspondent for the Forverts, died at the age of 96. He was the author of more than 20 book of fiction and poetry.Read More

Why Woody Allen's 'Bullets Over Broadway' Is a Bright Shining Lie

By Joshua Furst

Woody Allen’s musical adaptation of ‘Bullets Over Broadway’ is glitzy, thrilling and splendidly acted. It’s also a cynical, pandering sell-out, as Joshua Furst explains.Read More

How Wes Anderson Became a Jewish Emigré Director in 'Budapest Hotel'

By A.J. Goldmann

Wes Anderson’s newest film turns out to be a tribute to a trio of Jewish emigre artists. A.J. Goldmann charts their influence on Anderson’s ‘Budapest Hotel.’Read More

The Secret Jewish History of the Coffee Cup (Starbucks and Otherwise)

By Eric Schulmiller

Do you like your coffee from Starbucks or in a classic Greek ‘Anthora’ cup? However you take your java, chances are a Jew had something to do with what it comes in.Read More

Observant Women Make Tzitzit — and Stir Controversy

By Lauren Davidson

More women are seeking an equal role in Jewish ritual by making and tying tzitzit. A Princeton University student has formed a group to lead the push into this once-male realm.Read More

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