Arts & Culture


Philip Roth Types Are Outdated? Tell Us Something We Don't Know!

By Anya Ulinich

A self-absorbed jerk of a writer befriends another Philip Roth type. That’s the premise of ‘Listen Up Philip’ — and Anya Ulinich says it’s why the flick’s such a bore.Read More


Was Leo Tolstoy Really an Anti-Semite?

By Benjamin Ivry

Duelling new English-language versions of ‘Anna Karenina’ raise questions about Leo Tolstoy’s complex and contradictory attitudes toward Jews. Benjamin Ivry explains.Read More


Ayad Akhtar's 'Disgraced' Raises Profound Issues About Dual Loyalty

By Jesse Oxfeld

Ayad Akhtar’s ‘Disgraced’ is a taut, 85-minute play about culture clash in the post-9/11 world. Jesse Oxfeld weighs in on the tense and sometimes shocking drama.Read More


Aside From That, Mrs. Klinghoffer, How Did You Like the Opera?

By Adam Langer

‘The Death of Klinghoffer’ has been called just about everything, from masterpiece to blood libel. There is one thing it hasn’t been called: unabashedly Christian.Read More


10 Facts About Jewish California

By Gabe Friedman

California had 1,223,640 Jews in 2012. This is the second highest number of Jews in the country (only behind New York) and 18% of the entire Jewish population in the U.S.Read More


How Iranian Jews Shaped Modern Los Angeles

By Gina Nahai

Gina Nahai explains how a massive influx of Iranian Jews 35 years ago changed Los Angeles forever — and made the Ashkenazi establishment anything but happy.Read More


The Secret Jewish History of ‘Twin Peaks’

By Seth Rogovoy

Cult television classic ‘Twin Peaks’ is returning to the small screen. Who knew the show featured dybbuks and a mysterious Jewish sofa?Read More


How the Birth Control Pill Changed Everything

By Pamela Cytrynbaum

Jonathan Eig usually writes about jocks and gangsters. His latest book is on the creation of the birth control pill, which he insists is more exciting than you might think.Read More


The Spookiest Jewish Museum on the Planet

By Debra Nussbaum Cohen

Brooklyn’s Morbid Anatomy Museum features 5,000 objects celebrating the dead. On Halloween, it also raises a question: Why are so many Jews obsessed with this macabre stuff?Read More


Channeling Freud To Prevent the Next Barry Freundel

By Elie Jesner

Rabbi Barry Freundel probably never sat down in a non-judgmental atmosphere to talk about the sexual dimension of his work. One shrink says all rabbis should do that.Read More


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