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


New Books Blend Kabbalah, Psychotherapy and Self-Help

By Jay Michaelson

The Secret Life of God: Discovering the Divine Within You Rabbi David Aaron Shambhala, 192 pages, $21.95.


Sacred Therapy: Jewish Spiritual Teachings on Emotional Healing And Inner Wholeness

Estelle Frankel Shambhala, 332 pages., $24.95. * * *As everyone seems to know by now, Kabbalah has broken into the mainstream. ThanksRead More


Blond Ambition: A Yiddish Diva Serenades Fans

By Masha Leon

The American Friends of the Hebrew University dinner September 28 at the St. Regis honoring Daniel Schultz, managing director and co-founder of Draper Fisher Jurvetson Gotham Ventures, was launched by glorious renditions of our National Anthem and HaTikvah, sung by Tizmoret, Queens College Hillel’s a cappella choir.Harvey Krueger, philanthropistRead More


Tuning in to Sounds Of the Warsaw Ghetto

By Rick Harrison

Close your eyes, and you can see it.On April 19, 1943, there were 35,000 Jews remaining in the Warsaw Ghetto. Out of these, several hundred decided to fight the Nazi army rather than meet the fate of some 465,000 of their neighbors, who died of disease or were shipped off to extermination camps. They were armed — with rifles, a few machineRead More


Nazi Camp as Mecca for Artists?

By Joshua Cohen

An hour’s train ride from the Prague station from which thousands of Jews were deported in winter 1941, in a derelict small town pierced with unreal silence, Petr Larva has a dream. He imagines visual artists from all over the world converging on his adopted town, to live and work and exhibit. He imagines a shattered populace resurrectedRead More


In Time of War, a Call To Serve Civil Society and Country

By Ruth Messinger

I could not help noting the potential irony during the second presidential debate when President Bush announced emphatically that “there will be no draft.” It was oddly reminiscent of the 1988 presidential debate, when then-vice president George H. W. Bush just as emphatically assured the public: “Read my lips: no new taxes.” We all knowRead More


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