Arts & Culture

A Rude Awakening in Indiana's Marshmallow Country

By Wendy Soltz

A synagogue in an Indiana town that once produced mountains of kosher marshmallows is marking its 125th anniversary. Even though the shul is long shut, that’s reason enough to celebrate.Read More

Neil Diamond Goes Back Home to Brooklyn

By Hody Nemes

Who says you can’t go home again? Singer Neil Diamond returned to Brooklyn for a surprise performance at the high school he attended six decades ago.Read More

Maybe Eichmann Wasn't So Banal

By Julia M. Klein

Bettina Stangneth says that Adolf Eichmann was more committed to mass murder than Hannah Arendt believed. Now, Julia M. Klein asks: Which philosopher is right?Read More

In Search of the Bibi Haters in Israel

By Tuvia Tenenbom

Opinion polls say that Benjamin Netanyahu is faring poorly. But on the ground in Israel, Tuvia Tenenbom finds a very different story.Read More

How Sigmund Freud Almost Fell Victim to Repression and Denial

By David Bargal and Aner Govrin

Why did Sigmund Freud wait until the last moment before fleeing the Nazis? Did the man who uncovered repression and denial fall victim to the same processes?Read More

The Banality of Himmler

By Sheerly Avni

Vanessa Lapa’s documentary recreates the everyday life of Heinrich Himmler, the man most directly responsible for the extermination of over 6 million people.Read More

Why Isn't Dolph Schayes as Famous as Sandy Koufax or Hank Greenberg?

By Peter Ephross

In his time, Dolph Schayes was the greatest Jewish basketball star. A new biography attempts to bring him into the pantheon with Sandy Koufax and Hank Greenberg.Read More

Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman Tell a Whopper With Everything in It

By Laura Moser

Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman’s opus, ‘The Golem of Hollywood,’ is as ambitious as it is completely ridiculous. Laura Moser explains why that’s not altogether a bad thing.Read More

Where Jonathan Tropper Departs From Reality

By Anna Goldenberg

If you can ignore the fact that few Jews appear in the purportedly Jewish ‘This Is Where I Leave You,’ it’s a delightful movie. At least that’s what our critic Anna Goldenberg says.Read More

In ‘10:04,’ Ben Lerner Sings a Song of Himself

By Joshua Furst

Poet Ben Lerner’s first novel won him acclaim. ‘10:04,’ his second novel, deals with the same themes and the barrier between fiction and reality.Read More

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