Arts & Culture


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


Why People Leave Orthodoxy — and How

By Ezra Glinter

Lynn Davidman’s ‘Becoming Un-Orthodox’ offers a framework for studying ex-Orthodox Jews. Why do they go ‘off the path’ — and in what ways?Read More


Cookbook Collector Savors Recipes for Living in Michigan

By Steve Friess

Jan Longone considers herself a person with ‘zero talent’ — except for cooking. So the 81-year-old Michigander has collected an amazing 25,000 pieces of food-related literature.Read More


How Ruby Namdar Wrote the Great Hebrew American Novel

By Beth Kissileff

Ruby Namdar has won the Sapir Prize for his novel ‘The Ruined House.’ He speaks to the Forward about living in English but writing in Hebrew.Read More


Granddaughters of the Shoah

By Julia M. Klein

A new genre of Holocaust memoirs, told by grandchildren of survivors, poses a new dilemma to the authors: the limits of their knowledge and memory.Read More


An Eccentric Archeologist Who Drew a Line in the Sand

By Menachem Wecker

Ernst Herzfeld is not a household name — but his early 20th century excavations in Samarra and Persepolis are world famous. A new exhibit sheds light on the eccentric character.Read More


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