Arts & Culture


Anita Shapira Examines the Rise and Fall of David Ben-Gurion

By Jerome A. Chanes

Not another biography of David Ben-Gurion, you might say. Think again: Anita Shapira’s new biography is compact but powerful and timely, Jerome A. Chanes explains.Read More


How Hasidism Bridges Boundary Between Christianity and Judaism

By Jay Michaelson

Can the boundary between Judaism and Christianity be crossed? Author Shaul Magid explains how it’s already happening — in Hasidism.Read More


The Walmart Jews

By Anne Cohen and Sigal Samuel

Bentonville, Arkansas had zero Jews in 1937. Today, around 100 live in the Bible Belt city, thanks to Walmart. The community flourishes — in unusual ways.Read More


My 'Unorthodox' Journey to Berlin

By Deborah Feldman

From Hasidic upbringing in Williamsburg to bestselling memoir author: Deborah Feldman’s life trajectory is best described as unusual. Now she writes about her adventures in Berlin.Read More


Of Bill Clinton, Bagels and 9 Other Things About (Jewish) Arkansas

By Forward Staff

University of Arkansas will soon have a Jewish studies program. Here are 10 more facts about Jewish life in Arkansas — including the once (and maybe future) First Family.Read More


In Angouleme, Israeli Cartoonists Talk About Charlie Hebdo — And BDS

By Lior Zaltzman

Cartoonists are pondering their role in a changed world at the International Comics Festival. The Israeli delegation talks to the Forward about BDS and Charlie Hebdo.Read More


How Franz Schubert Found Himself in Shul

By Benjamin Ivry

Why did Austrian composer Franz Schubert wrote a Psalm setting in Hebrew just a few months before he died? The composer’s Jewish ties are deeper than one might think.Read More


Bernice Gordon, Jewish Crossword Maven, Dies at 101

By Benjamin Ivry

Bernice Gordon, who constructed crossword puzzles for over 50 years, has died at the age of 101. Benjamin Ivry remembers the centenarian cruciverbalist.Read More


Ze’eva Cohen Documents Her Gliding Career at Age 74

By Robert Johnson

Ze’eva Cohen learned to dance growing up a lonely child in Tel Aviv. Now she looks back at a soaring career as a pioneer of Israeli modern dance in the U.S.Read More


Should Jews Have To Pay Reparations for Slavery?

By Richard Kreitner

The 13th Amendment that abolished slavery passed exactly 150 years ago tomorrow. Richard Kreitner examines the Jewish record on abolition — and finds it deeply problematic.Read More


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