Arts & Culture

Why 'Honeymoon in Vegas' Is Quintessential Jewish Mother Story

By Jesse Oxfeld

The new Broadway musical ‘Honeymoon in Vegas’ is goofy and slight, but enormously entertaining. It’s also an overtly Jewish musical in the Woody Allen mold, Jesse Oxfeld writes.Read More

Jo Milgrom's Torah Mantles Are Definitely Art. But Are They Kosher?

By Shira Rubin

Jo Milgrom rescues precious artifacts for her eye-catching artwork. When she started using old Torah mantles, some critics say she went too far.Read More

My Magical Mystery Travelogue

By Liana Finck

A wild carrot. A shadow. An author. A surreal journey. Liana Finck’s latest comic takes you into her world. And then, far beyond it.Read More

So, Why Are All Podcasters Jewish Anyway?

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

The hosts of the top podcasts in iTunes reads like a passenger manifest on the Exodus — but is there a reason behind it? Josh Nathan-Kazis explores the phenomenon of Jews and podcasting.Read More

Why Robert Stone Was One of Greatest Non-Jewish Jewish Writers

By Abe Mezrich

Robert Stone’s ‘Damascus Gate’ retold the story of wannabe messiah Shabtai Tzvi. A student explains why Stone, who recently died, was one of the greatest non-Jewish Jewish writers.Read More

The Amazing Man Who Watched Jewish History Unfold in Maryland

By Laura Moser

His home was the first in Baltimore to have gas lights. He fought in the War of 1812 and got Maryland to pass a ‘Jew Bill.’ Laura Moser revisits the life of Mendes Cohen.Read More

Remembering Elsa Cayat, Slain in the Charlie Hebdo Massacre

By Benjamin Ivry

The Charlie Hebdo massacre claimed the life of French Jewish psychoanalyst Elsa Cayat, who wrote a column for the satirical publication. Benjamin Ivry mourns her passing.Read More

Love, Death and Math in Wisconsin

By Larry N. Mayer

The death of a Polish Jewish math genius forms the starting point for ‘The Mathematician’s Shiva.’ Larry N. Mayer explains it’s a rollicking novel about an American immigrant family.Read More

Isaac Bashevis Singer and His 'Harem'

By Ezra Glinter

After firing Saul Bellow, Isaac Bashevis Singer hired a group of young women to help translate his work into English. A new documentary tells their story.Read More

Why Wisconsin Was a Great State To Grow Up Jewish

By Jack Nusan Porter

Jack Nusan Porter arrived in America in 1946 as a baby son of poor immigrants. In Wisconsin, he found prosperity, tolerance — and a great state to grow up Jewish.Read More

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