Arts & Culture

What's the Difference Between Mass Killing and Genocide?

By Philologos

When everything is a genocide, nothing is, writes Philologos. He argues that the word should be reserved for real holocausts — or not used at all.Read More

Kafkaesque 'Wild Tales' Is Jewish Film from Argentina Inspired by Steven Spielberg

By A.J. Goldmann

‘Wild Tales,’ the latest film by Argentinean Damian Szifron includes of surreal, violent vignettes about losing control. Our critic loves the one in which a Jewish wedding gets ruined.Read More

Remembering Julian Koenig, the Jewish Ad Man Who Created Beetle-Mania

By Benjamin Ivry

Julien Koenig, who has died at 93, created the ad campaign for the VW Beetle and invented Earth Day. Benjamin Ivry recounts the Jewish history of a real-life Mad Man.Read More

Canceling 'Death of Klinghoffer' Opera Broadcast Elitist and Naive

By Adam Langer

Some are cheering the Met’s decision to cancel its simulcast of John Adams’s opera ‘The Death of Klinghoffer.’ But Adam Langer says we shouldn’t be quite so enthusiastic.Read More

The Secret Jewish History of Tupac Shakur

By Seth Rogovoy

Tupac Shakur, who was gunned down in 1996, led a life of turmoil. But a new Broadway musical makes Seth Rogovoy wonder if the brilliant rapper was really just a nice Jewish boy.Read More

Carla Laemmle, First Voice of 'Dracula,' Dies at 104

By Benjamin Ivry

Carla Laemmle, a horror movie veteran who uttered the first words in the 1931 ‘Dracula,’ has died at 104. Benjamin Ivry remembers her legacy.Read More

Staging Holocaust Stories Proves Therapeutic for Witness Theater

By Stav Ziv

As the number of Holocaust survivors dwindles, Witness Theater offers a new approach to preserving their stories — matching them with teens to dramatize their lives.Read More

Is 'Kushim' a Racist Israeli Term for Blacks?

By Philologos

The word ‘kushim’ appears 20 times in the Bible to refer to Africans. Philologos explains why the term has taken on racist overtones.Read More

Thoroughly Modernist Jewish Design

By Jenna Weissman Joselit

An exhibit at the Contemporary Jewish Museum seeks to show the relationship between Jews and modernism. It’s a visual delight, but Jenna Weissman Joselit remains unconvinced.Read More

Marcel Gotlib's Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

By Benjamin Ivry

Marcel Gotlib’s vibrant comic art belies a traumatic youth — his father was murdered in Buchenwald. Gotlib is the subject of an eye-popping show at the Museum of Jewish Art and History.Read More

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  • Undeterred by the conflict, 24 Jews participated in the first ever Jewish National Fund— JDate singles trip to Israel. Translation: Jews age 30 to 45 travelled to Israel to get it on in the sun, with a side of hummus.
  • "It pains and shocks me to say this, but here goes: My father was right all along. He always told me, as I spouted liberal talking points at the Shabbos table and challenged his hawkish views on Israel and the Palestinians to his unending chagrin, that I would one day change my tune." Have you had a similar experience?
  • "'What’s this, mommy?' she asked, while pulling at the purple sleeve to unwrap this mysterious little gift mom keeps hidden in the inside pocket of her bag. Oh boy, how do I answer?"
  • "I fear that we are witnessing the end of politics in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I see no possibility for resolution right now. I look into the future and see only a void." What do you think?
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  • "We will do what we must to protect our people. We have that right. We are not less deserving of life and quiet than anyone else. No more apologies."
  • "Woody Allen should have quit while he was ahead." Ezra Glinter's review of "Magic in the Moonlight":
  • Jon Stewart responds to his critics: “Look, obviously there are many strong opinions on this. But just merely mentioning Israel or questioning in any way the effectiveness or humanity of Israel’s policies is not the same thing as being pro-Hamas.”
  • "My bat mitzvah party took place in our living room. There were only a few Jewish kids there, and only one from my Sunday school class. She sat in the corner, wearing the right clothes, asking her mom when they could go." The latest in our Promised Lands series — what state should we visit next?
  • Former Israeli National Security Advisor Yaakov Amidror: “A cease-fire will mean that anytime Hamas wants to fight it can. Occupation of Gaza will bring longer-term quiet, but the price will be very high.” What do you think?
  • Should couples sign a pre-pregnancy contract, outlining how caring for the infant will be equally divided between the two parties involved? Just think of it as a ketubah for expectant parents:
  • Many #Israelis can't make it to bomb shelters in time. One of them is Amos Oz.
  • According to Israeli professor Mordechai Kedar, “the only thing that can deter terrorists, like those who kidnapped the children and killed them, is the knowledge that their sister or their mother will be raped."
  • Why does ultra-Orthodox group Agudath Israel of America receive its largest donation from the majority owners of Walmart? Find out here:
  • Woody Allen on the situation in #Gaza: It's “a terrible, tragic thing. Innocent lives are lost left and right, and it’s a horrible situation that eventually has to right itself.”
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