Arts & Culture


Honoring the President’s Mensch

By Masha Leon

“As a Jew I have found myself becoming angrier and angrier at the current times we face,” declared Kenneth Bialkin, chairman of the board of the America-Israel Friendship League at its July 1 lecture — “Agenda Setting in the Middle East: Media, the Third Party in the Conflict Between the Israelis and the Palestinians”— heldRead More


Buried Leads: A True Story

By Andree Aelion Brooks

The purveyors of Jewish history have tended to be highly selective in what they choose to focus on. In America, for example, we almost completely ignore the mercantile achievements of the Sephardic Jews through the ages, as well as their role in the development of modern capitalism. And we rarely talk about Jewish involvement in the explosion ofRead More


Unafraid of Sentiment, Never Sentimental

By Noga Tarnopolsky

Israeli painter Jan Rauchwerger is a small, reserved man of youthful appearance and countenance, his face round and unlined, his eyes inquisitive, a pale fuzz of hair covering his skull. As his wife, etcher Galit Rauch- werger, and two teenage boys move around his Jaffa house, he seems to take it all in through an osmosis that allows him both toRead More


Good Dog! A Summer Taste Test

There’s no way to know this for sure, but I would suggest that kosher frankfurters first entered the wider American consciousness in the 1970s, thanks to, of all things, a TV commercial. In this commercial — for those of you who threw out your televisions in the 1960s — a man dressed as Uncle Sam stands holding a hot dog in front of him,Read More


The Dark Patches of Your Life

By David N. Weiss

Let’s start by taking some questions that any of you might have… (silence). Anyone?… (more silence). Okay, I’ll start. Let’s say I had this friend who had a tough week. And he/she was feeling a little down on him/herself. Is there anything in this week’s Torah portion, Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22, that might encourage me — I mean myRead More


When a Long-Legged Jewish Girl Shamed Hitler

By David Davis

In 1931, when Germany was awarded the 1936 Olympics, Adolf Hitler hadn’t yet come to power. Two years later, after he became chancellor, he embraced the Olympic Games as an opportunity to show off his Aryan nation to the world.He faced one serious obstacle: himself. If word got out about Hitler’s discriminatory laws and policies, the rest ofRead More


Tales of the Masters

By Jay Michaelson

God in All Moments: Mystical & Practical Spiritual Wisdom From Hasidic Masters Edited & Translated by Or Rose With Ebn D. Leader

Jewish Lights, 163 pages, $16.95.

Hasidic Tales: Annotated and Explained Translation and Annotation B y Rabbi Rami Shapiro SkyLight Paths, 193 pages, $16.95. —-If you’ve seen “The Chosen,”Read More


#2!

By Marjorie Ingall

So Josie’s getting a sister in October.We’re thrilled, if still a bit discombobulated. Suffice it to say that, compared to the laborious overland journey required to make Josie (you remember we called it the Bataan Sex March), this pregnancy happened, um, instantly. Back in January, on the way back from the corner bodega, a thoughtRead More


Painterly and Scholarly: Archie Rand Satisfies Purists of All Kinds

By David Grosz

Archie Rand’s challenging, hybrid artwork has long been difficult to categorize. As a progressive painter who frequently incorporates Jewish themes and sacred texts into his canvases, Rand has faced criticism from purists in both the religious and avant-garde communities. His work, however, is probably best understood as a seriesRead More


This Tale of Mystery Begins With a Corpse –– But Ends With a Twist

By Lev Raphael

Lev Raphael’s latest novel, “The German Money,” is a Book Sense 76 pick.

The Outcast Dove By Sharan Newman Forge, 429 pp, $25.95. —-In mysteries it’s a cliché to introduce a corpse on the first page. In her new book, Sharan Newman seems to drearily fulfill that expectation, offering us a dead body in its first line. JewsRead More





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