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Death Is Muse for Israeli Artist Pesi Girsch

By Dalia Karpel

Israeli artist Pesi Girsch has the most unusual muse imaginable: Death. She sees beauty in dead animals and even people.Read More

Deborah Feldman Isn't Telling You the Whole Story

By Frimet Goldberger

Deborah Feldman’s new memoir ‘Exodus’ tells of her search for a place to call home. But she leaves out some key details, according to Frimet Goldberger, who knew the author well.Read More

David Grossman Creates Yet Another Wrenching Masterpiece

By Ranen Omer-Sherman

The suffering of characters in David Grossman’s latest novel, ‘Falling Out of Time,’ becomes achingly real on the page. Its language is so poetic, it sounds like liturgy for mourning rituals.Read More

Marlo Thomas Made Me the Man I Am Today

By Joshua Furst

‘Free to Be You And Me’ is a cultural touchstone and it’s turning 40. Joshua Furst writes the Marlo Thomas show helped shape legions of Generation X men.Read More

In Search of a More Perfect Union

By Lauren Davidson

Rabbi Marc Schneier and Imam Shamsi Ali have co-written a book that shows similarities between Jews and Muslims.Read More

Why Evangelical Christians Are Right To Be Angry About 'Noah'

By Jay Michaelson

Are evangelical Christians right to be upset by the way ‘Noah’ portrays the epic story and the liberties it takes with the Bible? You betcha, says Jay Michaelson.Read More

A Century of Anti-Semitism on the American College Campus

By Benjamin Ivry

Some may think anti-Jewish prejudice is a relatively new phenomenon on campus. A new study reveals a long history of anti-Semitism at America’s universities.Read More

Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah' Departs From the Bible, But Doesn't Go Far Enough

By Ezra Glinter

The biblical story of Noah and the flood has all the makings of a razzle-dazzle Hollywood movie. Unfortunately, Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Noah,’ doesn’t fit the bill.Read More

Israel Philharmonic Celebrates 80 Years of Harmony on U.S. Tour

By Peter Aronson

The Israel Philharmonic is celebrating its 80th anniversary. Albert Einstein helped launch the orchestra — but it really began with the dream of violinist Bronislaw Huberman.Read More

How Darren Aronofsky and 'Noah' Got The Ark Wrong

By Benjamin Ivry

Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’ has displeased fundamentalists for its non-literal approach. A new book suggests a more basic issue problem — it got the shape of the ark wrong.Read More

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