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The Charmed Life of Charmed Bracelets

By Jenna Weissman Joselit

Charm bracelets were beloved by everyone from Mamie Eisenhower to Jenna Weissman Joselit’s Aunt Sylvie. They have largely disappeared, but their cultural value lives on.Read More

Ellen Willis and Me

By Ezra Glinter

The legendary feminist critic, writer and editor Ellen Willis died in 2006. But a new collection of her essays reminds Ezra Glinter that her voice has a lasting impact.Read More

The True Story of Maine's Potato King — My Great-Grandfather's Rise and Fall

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

Josh Nathan-Kazis journeyed to a tiny Maine town in search of his roots. He found the tale of Jake Etscovitz, who built a Jewish life in the wilderness — and spent his life dressed for Fifth Ave.Read More

A Tale of Twins Who Are Connected — Very Closely

By Jesse Oxfeld

‘Sideshow,’ the saga of the conjoined twin sisters, is simultaneously wonderful and ridiculous. Jesse Oxfeld assesses the Kennedy Center revival of the beloved Broadway flop.Read More

How Liturgy Can Co-Exist With Backstreet Boys and The Wu-Tang Clan

By Raphael Magarik

Many Jewish liturgical tunes take melodies from secular music. Did Raphael Magarik go too far by grabbing the melody from rap’s Wu-Tang Clan or a Yom Kippur service?Read More

'Seinfeld' Revolutionized Pop Culture 25 Years Ago — and That's a Bad Thing

By Joshua Furst

25 years ago, ‘Seinfeld’ debuted and revolutionized American pop culture. Joshua Furst argues it also paved the way for smug complacency and entitlement.Read More

'The Search' Relives Auschwitz — in Chechnya

By A.J. Goldmann

Oscar-winning director Michel Hazanavicius has updated the classic Holocaust melodrama ‘The Search.’ Yet he gives the film a haunting new setting: Chechnya.Read More

An Atheist’s Case for Talmud

By Leah Vincent

As a rabbi’s daughter, Leah Vincent was never allowed to learn Talmud. Years after abandoning ultra-Orthodoxy, she sets out to rediscover the ancient Jewish law books.Read More

Remembering the Life and Films of Paul Mazursky

By Benjamin Ivry

Born Irwin Mazursky in Brooklyn, Paul Mazursky became the quintessential American filmmaker of the 1970’s. Benjamin Ivry remembers his life and legacy.Read More

Israel and Circumcision Top List of Concerns in New 'Pewish' Plays

By Gordon Haber

The Pew Survey of American Jewry has inspired conversation, argument, and now actual drama. ‘Pewish,’ a night of new Jewish plays, shows how influential the survey continues to be.Read More

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