Arts & Culture


Intel Agencies Fear Iran Used Chalabi To Lure U.S. Into Iraq

By Marc Perelman

American intelligence and law enforcement agencies are investigating the possibility that Ahmad Chalabi, the former Iraqi exile leader, was used by Iranian intelligence to feed Washington false information on Iraq, with the goal of tricking America into deposing Saddam Hussein, Iran’s archenemy, several intelligence sourcesRead More


Karaoke Without the Culpability

By Jordana Horn

The best trends always come around again: Leg warmers grace the pages of Vogue, shag carpets line the floors of hipster apartments and — finally — shira betzibur is cool once more.Shira betzibur, which translates as “singing in public,” is an Israeli communal activity of passing out songsheets and singing Israeli songs together, usually toRead More


More Tears by the Rivers of Babylon

By Nate Bloom

It is impossible to compile an absolutely accurate list of the Jewish service personnel who have been killed in Iraq. The Defense Department no longer keeps statistics on the religion of its personnel. Moreover, Jewish chaplains observe a policy of strict confidentiality regarding the faith of service personnel and will neither confirm norRead More


The Man Who Couldn’t Escape Being Jewish

By David Kaufmann

Raphael Soyer and the Search For Modern Jewish Art By Samantha Baskind North Carolina University Press, 280 pages, $39.95. * * *For most of his long career, Raphael Soyer worked hard to avoid being called a “Jewish” artist. Soyer, who died in 1987 in his 88th year, styled himself a “New York painter,” a humanist, a foeRead More


It’s the Economy, Stupid! (and Morality and Patriotism and.... )

By Ari Melber

Reason: Why Liberals Will Win the Battle for America By Robert Reich Knopf, 272 pages, $24. * * *Robert Reich has played many roles: professor, writer, bureaucrat, labor secretary and political candidate. Now he is joining the ranks of celebrity-authors peddling punchy, polemic, liberal books for this active political season. His goal is toRead More


As If There Weren’t Enough Jews in Hollywood Already...

By Jill Suzanne Jacobs

This summer, Hollywood film figures David Sacks, David N. Weiss and Jason Venokur will be offering a three-week fellowship for young Jews interested in filmmaking. During the course of the August program, students will eat, sleep and dream Jewish life, hobnob with luminaries of Los Angeles’s film industry, and learn the nuts and bolts ofRead More


Up and Down, Over and Out

By Josh Lambert

Both Beautiful and Bewildering, Naama Goldstein’s Style Is Undeniably Original

The Place Will Comfort You By Naama Goldstein* * *In her debut collection of short stories, “The Place Will Comfort You,” Naama Goldstein explores the emotional effects of displacement from American to Israeli culture and back again. As anRead More


Showing ‘Spirit,’ Going Red and Taking Time for Israel

By Masha Leon

“Most of us who have passed the 60-year mark are living proof of the advances made in medical research,” said Texas’s former governor, Ann Richards, at the May 4 “Spirit of Achievement” luncheon of the National Women’s Division of Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University.Richards praised the college for its…Read More


Locks of Love

By Judy Bolton-Fasman

Throughout the term of his vow as Nazirite, no razor shall touch his head; it shall remain consecrated until the completion of his term as Nazirite of the Lord, the hair of his head being left to grow untrimmed. (Numbers 6:5) Before my 9-year-old-daughter, Anna, was conceived, I was filled with a biblical longing to have a child. When IRead More


A First Lady, a Good Cause and a Comedic King

By Masha Leon

While Leona Helmsley, Edgar Bronfman Jr. and [Court TV Network CEO] Henry Schleiff wended their way into the inner sanctum of the Four Seasons, its bar area pulsed with a crush of photographers and guests who had come for the April 27 book party for Tina Santi Flaherty’s “What Jackie Taught Us — Lessons From the Remarkable Life of Jacqueline…Read More





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