Arts & Culture

Zayd Dohrn's 'Muckrakers' Is Ripped From His Radical Royalty Bloodline

By Ed Rampell

Zayd Dohrn’s new play is a politically charged thriller for the Wikileaks era. What else would you expect from the scion of ’60s Jewish radical royalty?Read More

'Fiddler on the Roof' Turns 50 With an All-Star Celebration

By Simi Horwitz

The landmark and ground-breaking musical, ‘Fiddler on the Roof,’ is commemorating its 50th anniversary — at the same time its lyricist Sheldon Harnick is turning 90.Read More

My Father, My Self

By Larry N. Mayer

With Father’s Day near, Larry Mayer offers a heartbreaking and searingly honest memoir. It starts with his late father’s deathbed request that they work together on his obituary.Read More

Is 'Death of Klinghoffer' Opera Really Anti-Semitic?

By Debra Nussbaum Cohen

Some call it a musical masterpiece. Others say it’s appallingly biased. Can ‘The Death of Klinghoffer’ show humanity in terrorists without alienating opera-goers?Read More

How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love Vladimir Jabotinsky

By Adam Rovner

Jabotinsky was a complex figure — brilliant and a promulgator of doomsday scenarios. A new biography may help some readers feel a little less scared of him.Read More

Cliffs' Notes on Jabotinsky

By Jerome Chanes

Vladimir Jabotinsky was an essayist, a leader, a writer, a Zionist. Above all, he was a polymath. Jerome Chanes tries to simplify his complicated legacy and history.Read More

Diving Back Into Henry Roth's Streams of Consciousness

By Steven G. Kellman

Henry Roth’s ‘Mercy of a Rude Stream’ was hailed as the literary comeback of the century. Now, it’s time for a new generation to discover the master.Read More

No, Amos Oz, We Shouldn't Call Settlers Jewish 'Neo-Nazis'

By Philologos

Novelist Amos Oz has referred to Jewish settlers in the West Bank as ‘neo-Nazis.’ Philologos explains why the phrasing is wrong — both morally and linguistically.Read More

Searching For the Soul of Menachem Begin

By Jerome A. Chanes

Israel’s sixth prime minister, Menachem Begin, came to power in 1977 in a political revolution. Biographer Daniel Gordis explores that history and its aftermath.Read More

Does Translating Yiddish Preserve History Or Betray It?

By Eitan Kensky

Yiddish translators try to preserve history. Anita Norich explains they can also be accused of collaborating with its enemies — like the interpreter in ‘Saving Private Ryan.’Read More

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