Arts & Culture

New Director of Jewish Book Council Announced

By Anna Goldenberg

The Forward has learned that Naomi Firestone-Teeter will be the new director of the Jewish Book Council.Read More

The Secret Jewish History of Pi

By Seth Rogovoy

March 14 honors the magic number that has fascinated everyone from Maimonides to Mr. Spock. Seth Rogovoy finds more than 3.14 reasons why Pi is very Jewish.Read More

Sure, Jesus Was Son of God. But How Was His Fiction?

By Jerome A. Chanes

Many of us were taught to despise the Christian Scriptures. But one Jewish scholar turned the Gospels into a fascinating read that can teach us a lot about Judaism.Read More

'Dig' Is Too Shallow by Far

By Anthony Weiss

During the Gaza war, rocket fire forced NBC Universal’s “Dig” to stop production in Jerusalem and move out of the country. If only the show itself were half that dramatic.Read More

A Tale of Two Netanyahus, One Play and One Speech

By Adam Langer

As Benjamin Netanyahu addressed Congress, his brother was preparing his Off-Broadway premiere. Culture editor Adam Langer finds some surprising parallels between the two.Read More

The Novel France Can't Put Down Depicts Muslim Future — Or Does It?

By Robert Zaretsky

Michel Houellebecq’s ‘Soumission’ depicts France after Muslims take over. But Robert Zaretsky asks if the book is really a morality play on the nation’s unsavory past.Read More

How Growing Up Jewish Taught Me To Love Hip-Hop

By Kevin Coval

Steppenwolf Theatre’s production of ‘This Is Modern Art’ sparked controversy for glorifying graffiti. Author Kevin Coval explains how his Jewish background led him to love hip-hop — and street art.Read More

The Thing You Didn't Know About Documentary Filmmaker Albert Maysles

By Arun Chaudhary

Arun Chaudhary, the White House’s first videographer, says all documentary filmmakers owe a huge debt to Albert Maysles — whether they know it or not.Read More

A Textbook Case of Anti-Semitism in Oldenburg

By Tuvia Tenenbom

In a German university town, Tuvia Tenenbom encounters not only strange bathrooms and a suspicious lack of bagels — but also an unsettling case of anti-Semitism.Read More

Century of Treyf at the Best Jewish Deli in the Bronx

By Robb Mandelbaum

Where can you get New York’s best pork sausage? Welcome to Teitel Brothers, a Jewish family’s century-old deli in the heart of the Bronx’s famed Arthur Avenue Italian neighborhood.Read More

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