Arts & Culture


FALL BOOKS

By Esther Schor

Kafka By Nicholas Murray Yale University Press, 440 pages, $30. ——–Kafka may have died childless, but Kafka’s biography is a series of begats, with each generation turning on its elders. In the beginning was Max Brod’s Judaic saint, a rapt visionary; the visionary Kafka begat the ironical Kafka of the absurdists and existentialists;Read More


Wealth and Strife: Can Rich Relatives Live Together?

By Peretz Rodman

Lot and Abram, nephew and uncle, had migrated together from Mesopotamia to Canaan, and from Canaan down to Egypt. Now they returned together from Egypt to Canaan. Here, after traveling a long and arduous path, side by side, they reached a parting of the ways.Both men, the Torah tells us, had attained wealth. “Abram was heavily laden with cattle,Read 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


In New Trend, Adult Emigrés Seek Ritual Circumcision

By Susan Kreimer

Two years before emigrating from Ekaterinburg, Russia, in 1997, Leonid Marder and his wife, Tamara, began observing the Sabbath. After arriving in America, the retired couple gradually became more devout. But for some time, something didn’t feel quite right.Like many Russian émigrés who adopted Orthodox practices in America, Marder had to takeRead More


Make Room for Baby

By Marjorie Ingall

We New Yorkers are givers. By choosing to live in apartments the size of veal pens, and paying so much in monthly rent or mortgage that we could afford an entire herd of veal, we give people who live elsewhere something to feel superior about. You’re welcome.Josie and her possibly-born-by-the-time-you-read-this sister will be sharing a room. IRead More


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


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