Arts & Culture


Why Tom Rachman Imagines the Child in the Corner

By Anna Goldenberg

Tom Rachman has long had a weakness for Yiddish humor. The bestselling author also reveals what happens when he feels like Tolstoy — and how it inspired his new novel.Read More


How Military Photos Testify to Our Place — in World War II and Gaza

By Jenna Weissman Joselit

Jenna Weissman Joselit never paid much attention to photographs of relatives in uniforms until a more recent picture appeared on the mantle. That one was taken near Gaza.Read More


Portland’s Jews Celebrate Century of Sephardic Heritage

By Martin Rosenberg

They came from a collapsing Ottoman Empire and wound up in verdant Oregon. Sephardic Jews built a small community that in some ways replicated the Mediterranean life they left behind.Read More


Feeling at Home on the Range in Jewish Wyoming

By Linda Zeveloff

Wyoming still maintains its frontier feel. Linda Zeveloff writes about her personal hurdles as she adjusted to Jewish life in the Western state.Read More


'Magic in the Moonlight' Isn't That Bad and Neither Is Woody Allen

By Jay Michaelson

Reviewing Woody Allen’s ‘Magic in the Moonlight,’ Ezra Glinter said the director should have quit while he was ahead. Jay Michaelson finds the argument morally and aesthetically wrong.Read More


A Lizard's Eye View of the Conflict in Israel

By Dalia Rosenfeld

A day of family fun with lizards in a Tel Aviv park is interrupted by rocket sirens. Dalia Rosenfeld writes that such disturbances of everyday life have themselves become commonplace.Read More


All God’s Griffins Got Wings at Cleveland Synagogue

By Menachem Wecker

Winged lions and Orthodox temples don’t usually go together. In the midst of a renovation, Cleveland’s historic Green Road Synagogue ponders removing the griffins for aesthetic reasons.Read More


Why Did John Kerry Mock 'Pinpoint Operation’ in Gaza?

By Philologos

John Kerry’s made a ‘helluva’ mistake when he mocked Israel’s efforts to prevent civilian casualties in Gaza. Philologos writes that his language may be more ambiguous than you think.Read More


A People's Theatrical History of Howard Zinn

By Ed Rampell

Howard Zinn sought to put a populist stamp on history. A playwright who saw a kindred spirit in him is bringing the Jewish activist author’s life to the stage.Read More


Life Is a Chai-Way for Jewish Biker Clubs

By Lauren Davidson

Gil Paul is a member of Hillel’s Angels, one of dozens of Jewish motorcycle clubs across the land: ‘I thought I was the only Jew on a Harley Davidson. But I was wrong.’Read More


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