Arts & Culture

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

'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

Phil, We Hardly Knew Ye — Or Should We Say Vous?

By Philologos

The French say tu to close friends and vous with others, which won’t work in Hebrew or English. In his final column for the Forward, Philologos explains these linguistic intimacies.Read More

Israel Zamir, a Man Who Was Far More Than Isaac Bashevis Singer's Son

By Benjamin Ivry

Israel Zamir, who has died at age 85, was a noted journalist, author and translator. He was also the son of I.B. Singer. Benjamin Ivry recalls his life and career.Read More

Of Yidstock, Sarah Silverman and 16 Other Things About Jewish Florida

By Miriam Groner

With 16% of all American Jews residing in Florida, lots of Jew-y things are happening in the Sunshine State. Here are 18 of the most interesting facts.Read More

How Modernist Artists Survived (and Sometimes Thrived) Under Nazis

By Julia M. Klein

From true believers like Leni Riefenstahl to more conflicted figures such as Walter Gropius, some modernist artists survived the Nazi regime. A new book reveals how they did it.Read More

Of Frum Hippies, West Bank Settlements and Leo Tolstoy

By Dan Friedman

Assaf Gavron’s ‘Hilltop’ is no ‘War and Peace’ — and that’s not a bad thing. Dan Friedman explains the compelling novel is about real people who happen to live in a West Bank outpost.Read More

200 Years Later, Remembering Anti-Semitism of Marquis de Sade

By Benjamin Ivry

On the 200th anniversary of the Marquis de Sade’s death, his anti-Semitism is clearer than ever. Benjamin Ivry explains how the writer still kept a loyal Jewish audience.Read More

159 Thoughts We Had While Watching 'The Red Tent'

By Sigal Samuel and Anne Cohen

Anne Cohen and Sigal Samuel braved the four-hour Lifetime adaptation of ‘The Red Tent.’ They ate, they mocked, they had many thoughts —  159 to be exact.Read More

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