Arts & Culture


Knesset Vote Against Sharon Seen To Signal Coalition’s End

By Ofer Shelah

TEL AVIV — It was, simply judging by the history books, a milestone. For the first time in Israel’s history, the Knesset on Monday refused to give its pro forma vote of approval to the prime minister’s annual “state of the nation” speech, by which he marks the opening of the winter term of the Israeli parliament. Abandoned by membersRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

In an unprecedented effort to boost young Jewish voter turnout, a Jewish Democratic group is circulating an edgy, animated Internet video that relies on biting humor and, critics say, unfair anti-Republican stereotypes.Ira Forman, executive director of the National Jewish Democratic Council, says his group commissioned the satirical cartoon,Read More


After 25 Years, Soviet Emigrés Still Strangers

By Nathaniel Popper

This is the first in a three-part series on the challenges faced in America by Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union. KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Her freshly painted nails and carefully coiffed hair give Maria Abramov the air of a women who has things in order. Sitting in the clean back room of her business, Salon Flhair, on a strip mall inRead 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


The Devil Maid Me Do It

By Richard Mcbee

The plot is simple, even seductively coy, but it reverberates into the year ahead. In Isaac Bashevis Singer’s only Yiddish play, “Devil’s Play,” it seems the devil is bored and is looking for a little fun with an easy victim. He settles on a remote shtetl, Frampol, where he finds a happily married older couple, Noson and Royze Temerl, onRead More


Your Morning Coffee, Served Just and Right

By Matthew Goodman

What is the most valuable item of international trade in the world today? No surprise for anyone who’s read the headlines for the past decade or two: It’s oil. But you might be surprised to discover that the second most valuable item is coffee. Oil and coffee — that’ll add a bit of perspective to the morning drive to the local javaRead More


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