Arts & Culture

'Jews Who Rock' Only Scratches Surface of Fame and Faith

By Laura Hodes

‘Jews Who Rock’ is a new exhibit that takes a one-size-fits all approach to musicians who are members of the tribe. Too bad it barely scratches the surface of their relationships to Judaism.Read More

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Marilynne Robinson Discusses Her First Trip to Israel

By Beth Kissileff

Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson talks about how it felt to see Israel as a tangible landscape for the first time, what she thinks about BDS and how her trip will inform her future writing.Read More

Living Under the Iron Dome

By Tuvia Tenenbom

Tuvia Tenenbom takes the pulse of Israel and the West Bank as only he can. His counterintuitive conclusion? The calmest place around is a Jewish settlement far beyond the Green Line.Read More

Are Michelangelo's Drawings Anti-Semitic?

By Benjamin Ivry

Dozens of Jews are depicted on Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling. They look far less heroic than the sibyls and angels. But does that make the paintings anti-Semitic?Read More

A New Jersey Tale of Two Alfred Doblins — and One Umlaut

By Allan M. Jalon

Weimar era novelist Alfred Doblin is little appreciated outside literary circles. His strange connection to New Jersey’s Bridgegate scandal lands him a spot in Our Promised Lands series.Read More

10 Things About Jewish New Jersey

By Adam Chanes

The Garden State was home to Philip Roth and Frank Lautenberg and has afforded Jews tolerance since 1665.Read More

The Origins of Yiddish: Part Fir

By Philologos

The true origins of Yiddish may never be found. Philologos argues that a synthesis of three different theories may best explain the migration of the language over time.Read More

Writing About Gaza From Comfort of Debra Winger's Manhattan Pad

By Sayed Kashua

Israeli Arab writer Sayed Kashua asks if he can sound credible writing about Gaza while sitting in a Manhattan apartment that belongs to a friend named Debra Winger.Read More

Remembering More Than a Century of Bel Kaufman's Rebellious Charm

By Benjamin Ivry

Born Bella Kaufman in 1911, the legendary author of ‘Up the Down Staircase’ and granddaughter of Sholem Aleichem has died at 103.Read More

Ari Goldman Goes From New York Times Journalist To Amateur Cellist

By Anna Goldenberg

When Ari Goldman took up the cello in earnest for his 60th birthday party, he learnt that being a late starter meant giving up perfection. It also has a lot in common with Judaism.Read More

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