Arts & Culture

Columbus May Not Have Been First Jew in America

By Elon Gilad

Christopher Columbus is rumored to have had Jewish ancestry. But his translator may have been the first member of the tribe in the New World.Read More

What's an Angel of Rain Doing in a Jewish Sukkot Prayer?

By Philologos

At the heart of the Shemini Atzeret rain prayer, there is a reference to ‘the angel of rain.’ Philologos investigates how it wound up in the Sukkot celebration.Read More

Journalist Anne Sinclair Opens Up About Everything — Except DSK

By Anna Goldenberg

She’s the head of Le Huffington Post and ex-wife of Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Anne Sinclair opens up about art and forgiveness — but not her famed ex.Read More

Meet Maccabi Tel Aviv Star Sylven Landesberg

By Gabe Friedman

It is an exciting time to be part of the Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team. Star player Sylven Landesberg talked with The Forward about playing in Israel and what his future holds.Read More

For Patrick Modiano, Nazi Occupation Offers Rich Backdrop to Tales of Trial and Triumph

By Benjamin Ivry

For Nobel winner Patrick Modiano, the Nazi occupation of France has been a lifelong preoccupation. Benjamin Ivry explains why the tortured past offers such a rich literary tableau.Read More

What Does This Photo of Tashlikh Say About the Evolution of Jewish Life?

By Jenna Weissman Joselit

A single 1909 photo of tashlikh on the Williamsburg Bridge speaks volume about the evolution of the ancient Jewish ritual —  and its evolution in the modernity of the New World.Read More

Himmler Documentary Reflects Evil of Banality

By Regina Weinreich

Heinrich Himmler was a mass murderer but also a Catholic family man. Without irony, filmmaker Vanessa Lapa takes us into the ordinary mindset of the notorious Nazi criminal.Read More

Meet the Yiddish-Speaking Grandmothers Who Retired as Amsterdam Prostitutes

By Cnaan Liphshiz

Martine and Louise Fokkens sound like any other Jewish grandmothers. But the Amsterdam sisters retired after 50 years of working as prostitutes in the city’s famed red light district.Read More

'How I Stopped' Reading Shlomo Sand's Crackpot Memoirs

By Gordon Haber

Shlomo Sand attacked the Israeli national myth of Jewish identity in his first bestseller. Now, in an odd new book filled with conspiracy theories, he takes scattershot aim at Judaism itself.Read More

How To Beaver Your Way To an Award-Winning Sukkah in Oregon

By Jonathan Frochtzwajg

Seen one hut, seen ‘em all? It’s not just the beavers of Oregon who build fantastic structures, but the creative Sukkah architects of Portland.Read More

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