Arts & Culture

What Does This Photo of Tashlikh Say About the Evolution of Jewish Life?

By Jenna Weissman Joselit

A single 1909 photo of tashlikh on the Williamsburg Bridge speaks volume about the evolution of the ancient Jewish ritual —  and its evolution in the modernity of the New World.Read More

Himmler Documentary Reflects Evil of Banality

By Regina Weinreich

Heinrich Himmler was a mass murderer but also a Catholic family man. Without irony, filmmaker Vanessa Lapa takes us into the ordinary mindset of the notorious Nazi criminal.Read More

Meet the Yiddish-Speaking Grandmothers Who Retired as Amsterdam Prostitutes

By Cnaan Liphshiz

Martine and Louise Fokkens sound like any other Jewish grandmothers. But the Amsterdam sisters retired after 50 years of working as prostitutes in the city’s famed red light district.Read More

'How I Stopped' Reading Shlomo Sand's Crackpot Memoirs

By Gordon Haber

Shlomo Sand attacked the Israeli national myth of Jewish identity in his first bestseller. Now, in an odd new book filled with conspiracy theories, he takes scattershot aim at Judaism itself.Read More

How To Beaver Your Way To an Award-Winning Sukkah in Oregon

By Jonathan Frochtzwajg

Seen one hut, seen ‘em all? It’s not just the beavers of Oregon who build fantastic structures, but the creative Sukkah architects of Portland.Read More

7 Facts About Jewish Oregon

By Rachel X. Landes

Did you know that Portland has had five Jewish mayors in the past 25 years? And six other facts you might not have known about Oregon.Read More

Historic Holocaust Film 'Night Will Fall' Debuts at Last — Had Help From Hitchcock

By Anne Joseph

‘Night Will Fall’ is a new documentary about filming the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps. After lying unfinished for 70 years, it is finally ready to debut.Read More

How Daniel Pinkwater Became My Own Personal Guru

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

Daniel Pinkwater is a onetime collaborator of Terry Gilliam, a surreal YA novelist, former cult member and NPR commentator. For Josh Nathan-Kazis, he was also an obsession.Read More

Why 'Have a Nice Fast' Isn't Always the Right Thing To Say

By Philologos

Just as it is a commandment not to eat on Yom Kippur, it is also a commandment to eat before it. Philologos says there is no other meal of the Jewish year which is required of the faithful.Read More

The Secret Jewish History of Dr. Zhivago

By Benjamin Ivry

‘The Zhivago Affair’ recounts a complex and nuanced tale of author Boris Pasternak. The Soviets considered his epic novel a betrayal — but plenty of Jews felt the same way.Read More

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