Arts & Culture


A Museum as Big as Texas

By Menachem Wecker

The Dallas Museum of Biblical Art has massive ambitions befitting its roots in Texas — but should it leave prayer to churches?Read More


‘Gett’ Depicts an Orthodox Universe That Is Beyond Kafkasque

By Ezra Glinter

‘Gett’ is a plea on behalf of Orthodox wives and so much more. The movie is a stark and painstaking study of the ways men can inflict misery on women.Read More


Benjamin Netanyahu Says Packing Israel Prize Needed To Weed Out 'Extremist' Writers

By Jonathan Lis (Haaretz)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has defended his purge of the Israel Prize literature panel. He claimed it favored ‘radical’ writers over ‘authentic’ pro-Israel voices.Read More


What Bob Dylan Owes to Frank Sinatra — and Vice-Versa

By Ben Yagoda

A half century ago, we all thought Bob Dylan and Frank Sinatra couldn’t be more different. Ben Yagoda says the Bard’s new album of Sinatra covers shows just how wrong we were.Read More


Rhode Island's Best Spot to Find a Decent Corned Beef Sandwich May Be Doomed

By Philip Eil

Davis Dairy Products is Rhode Island’s only remaining kosher grocery. Is the dwindling of the state’s delis a bellwether for the decline of the community as a whole?Read More


Bob Dylan, Known for Silence on Stage, Speaks for 40 Minutes at Tribute

By Alex Dobuzinskis

Bob Dylan, known for playing concerts with barely a word spoken to his audience, gave a lengthy speech on Friday at a gala in his honor where he chronicled the roots of his music while also praising and ribbing famous figures.Read More


Of Touro Synagogue, Hasbro and 10 Other Things About Jewish Rhode Island

By Philip Eil

Rhode Island has the nation’s oldest synagogue and an illustrious Jewish population — from Newport jazz promoter George Wein to the creator of Mr. Potato Head.Read More


Je Suis Dreyfus

By Jenna Weissman Joselit

The terror attacks in Paris remind Jenna Weissman Joselit of another infamous event in French Jewish history: the Dreyfus affair.Read More


Was Helmut Schmidt ‘Contaminated by Nazi Ideology’

By Benjamin Ivry

Longtime Chancellor Helmut Schmidt is often lauded as a liberal German unifier. A new book says he was an enthusiastic Nazi supporter — who may have hid his Jewish roots.Read More


Does ‘Ida’ Misrepresent Poland's Treatment of Jews?

By David Levesley

‘Ida’ has been shortlisted for the Oscars. The film about a nun’s secret Jewish roots is stunning, but some critics give it low marks for distorting Polish history.Read More


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