Arts & Culture

The Syrupy Tale of How Jews Invented Kedem and Modern America

By Laurie Gwen Shapiro

How did that sugary Manischewitz get to your table? It started 100 years ago with Kedem in New York. Or maybe with Thoreau or Sonic Youth. Here’s the secret history of the sweet stuff.Read More

The Most Beautiful Haggadah in the Room

By Joel Schechter

You might recognize the the Szyk Haggadah — it’s been used at thousands of Seders since the 1930’s. Now, the stunning paintings are on display.Read More

The Man Who Can Make a Cheetah Jump

By Laurie Gwen Shapiro

Dan Kainen has dabbled in laser light shows and designed T-shirts. But now, lenticular art has made the son of a prominent Jewish artist an unqualified success story.Read More

All The 2014 Haggadah Info You'll Ever Need

By Jay Michaelson

Still unmoved by the ‘New American Haggadah’? Jay Michaelson reviews a slew of new Haggadot — and finds himself yearning for something a little more old-school.Read More

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

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