Arts & Culture


Turning Down the Light

By David Gedzelman

When Moses is clearly told that he will not enter the Promised Land because of a momentary failure in his ministry of national leadership and service, we might wonder whether Moses is, in the end, a tragic figure. After all, he has labored to bring the people of Israel to the land in which the teachings he has prophesied will become manifest andRead More


The Ghosts of Alfred Dreyfus

By Ronald Schechter

On July 12, France will celebrate the centennial of the acquittal of Alfred Dreyfus, the Jewish military officer whose false indictment on a charge of treason set off a political scandal in the country.In a certain light, it would seem that the Dreyfus Affair — and the environment in which it emerged — has long since been buried. Yet DreyfusRead More


A Different Kind Of Jewish Mother

By Judy Bolton-Fasman

A Woman of Uncertain Character: The Amorous And Radical

Adventures of My Mother Jennie (Who Always Wanted To Be a Respectable Jewish Mom),

by Her Bastard Son By Clancy Sigal Carroll & Graf, 288 pages, $26. * * *I n the past few years, there has been an impressive list of memoirs that triumphantly defy the stereotype of theRead More


The Rock as a Hard Place

By David R. Slavitt

I have always found the story of Moses in the Desert of Zin where there is no water and the well has gone dry (Numbers 20:1-12) to be knotty indeed, and the more one struggles with it, the tighter and the more uncomfortable are its bonds. We all know that Moses was supposed to talk to the rock, but instead of doing that, he hit it with hisRead More


HEARTFELT DRAMA

By Sarah Kricheff

Divorce is never a simple affair, but it’s certainly made easier when the couple is childless. The exes go their separate ways and, hopefully, find happiness and new love. However, the intriguing premise of “Hard Love,” by acclaimed Israeli playwright Motti Lerner, complicates the issue.Hannah and Hershel, two young ultra-Orthodox newlyweds,Read More


MUSICAL NOSTALGIA

By Guest Author

Set in the United States in the early 20th century, Stephen Flaherty’s 1998 Tony Award-winning musical, “Ragtime,” interweaves stories of a wealthy Protestant family; a poor Jewish immigrant and his daughter, and an educated black musician from Harlem, the woman he loves and their child. Based on E.L. Doctorow’s novel of the same name, theRead More


METROPOLITAN NEW YORK

By Guest Author

Exhibit‘Layers of Time’: Artist Marty Greenbaum’s series of colorful mixed media, titled Recent Work: Layers of Time, is presented in a group exhibition at the Safe-T-Gallery in Brooklyn’s Dumbo neighborhood. Greenbaum’s work appears with pieces by artists Daniel Blochwitz, Susan Bowen, Roger Bruhn and Burst387. Safe-T-Gallery,Read More


YIDDISH IN THE PARK

By Sarah Kricheff

Some people run away to the Hamptons or to the Jersey shore to escape the hazy, hot, humid summers typical of New York City. But those of us who stick around these concrete islands enjoy a number of seasonal benefits, not the least of which are the free outdoor concerts that dot the city’s public spaces and parks.Head to Lincoln Center’sRead More


The Least-known Modern Artist

By David Kaufmann

Reading Charlotte Salomon Edited by Michael P. Steinberg and Monica Bohm-Duchen Cornell University Press, 233 pages, $39.95.

Charlotte Salomon: Life? Or Theater?

The New Museum, Yad Vashem, June 16-October 1. * * *Charlotte Salomon, who was murdered by the SS in 1943, is perhaps the most moving of modern artists. She is also one of theRead More


My Friends and Me

By Steven G. Kellman

Friendship: An Exposé By Joseph Epstein Houghton Mifflin, 288 pages, $24. ‘What really knocks me out,” Holden Caulfield says in “The Catcher in the Rye,” “is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you feltRead More


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