Arts & Culture


The Return

By Boris Fishman

This is the second in a three-part series on the challenges faced in the United States by immigrants from the former Soviet Union. A year ago, Max Berlin was planning on becoming a journalist after graduating from Hunter College in New York City. A thoughtful young man who had emigrated from Odessa, Ukraine,Read More


Amos Oz, On Himself

By Helen Epstein

A Tale of Love and Darkness By Amos Oz Harcourt, 544 pages, $26. ———Since 1968, when his novel “My Michael” — exquisitely narrated by a despairing young wife in Jerusalem — mesmerized thousands of readers, Amos Oz has been recognized as one of Israel’s most gifted and prolific authors. He has produced 22 books — 11 novels,Read More


Scholars From Around the Globe Toast Oz

By Samantha Vinograd

In advance of the publication of his new memoir, “A Tale of Love and Darkness,” Amos Oz and his writing will be the subject of a three-day conference, a joint venture by the University of Pennsylvania and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.“Oz has just come out with one of the most important works written in Hebrew, or written inRead More


Wrestling With the Angel That Was Himself

By Saul Austerlitz

Portrait of Jacques Derrida as a Young Jewish Saint By Hélène Cixous Columbia University Press, 168 pages, $27.50 * * *During the era of the Talmud, the period of the scholars known as the Amoraim (200-500 C.E.) was dedicated to the fleshing out of the sparse, cryptic pronouncements of their predecessors, the Tannaim. In an effort to makeRead More


Second-line Living

By Jason Berry

New Orleans serenaded L. J. Goldstein.The brass band funerals and street parades, called second lines, that wind through the town of Treme, outside the French Quarter, were far from his comfortable Manhattan, N.Y., upbringing, but close to his heart.“I used to dream of moving to New Orleans,” Goldstein said. “I was drawn to theRead More


The Great White (Jewish, Gay) Way

By Wayne Hoffman

Watching the PBS documentary “Broadway: The American Musical” is like watching “Cats”: You meet lots of interesting characters, you hear several catchy tunes and you enjoy a few hours of lighthearted entertainment. But when the lights come up at the end, the whole experience feels like less than the sum of its parts.That’s not to sayRead More


All the World Is a Stage

By Glenn C. Altschuler

Making Americans: Jews and the Broadway Musical By Andrea Most Harvard University Press,

253 pages, $29.95. * * *Why has a disproportionate percentage of Jews in the United States gravitated toward the entertainment industry? Were enterprising and talented Jews able to make popular culture an empire of their own because the non-JewsRead More


The Story of a Life

By Aharon Appelfeld

World War II went on for six straight years, but sometimes it seems to me that it lasted only one long night, from which I awoke a completely different person. Sometimes I felt that it wasn’t I who was in the war, but someone else, someone very close to me, and that he’s going to tell me what exactly occurred, for I don’t remember whatRead More


The Privilege of Fiction

By Leslie Camhi

the israeli film festival, now in its 20th year, is just one chance that new yorkers have to glimpse the new israeli cinema, which continues to make inroads here despite the region’s political and economic upheavals. recent, critically admired commercial releases of the past year include ra’anan alexandrowicz’s biting satire, “james’Read More


Our Evil Imaginations

By David Curzon

The story of the Flood is preceded and followed by unkind remarks of God on the nature of human imagination. In Genesis 6:5, at the end of last week’s portion, we are told: And the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. The story of the FloodRead More


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