Arts & Culture

Frederic Brenner, the 'Jewish Christo,' Uses Photography To Challenge Israel Debate

By Regina Weinreich

Photographer Frédéric Brenner explores identity with massive projects that remind some of Jean-Claude Christo’s artworks. His new show turns the lens on Israel — with a challenge.Read More

How the Forger of Brighton Beach Duped The Claims Conference

By Yevgeniya Traps

A Russian writer who fakes Holocaust restitution claims is the main character in a new novel. Yevgeniya Traps finds something a bit too Soviet about the plot.Read More

A Funny Thing Happened On My Way to the Rolling Stones Concert

By Tuvia Tenenbom

Tuvia Tenenbom joins 50,000 fans and millions of mosquitoes at the Rolling Stones concert in Tel Aviv. But the most interesting things were happening far from the stage.Read More

Michael Shannon Makes Eugene Ionesco's Disorienting 'The Killer' Memorable

By Joshua Furst

Eugene Ionesco’s absurdist play ‘The Killer’ provokes and engages its audience. Michael Shannon’s star turn as a befuddled Everyman has a lot to do with it, as Josh Furst explains.Read More

The Secret Jewish History of The Rolling Stones

By Seth Rogovoy

Their first manager was Jewish. They first played with a Jewish blues guitarist. They used Yiddish in a Top 40 hit. So why did it take The Rolling Stones so long to get to Tel Aviv?Read More

233 Reasons Why Bob Dylan Is Right To Detest His Fans

By Jay Michaelson

Bob Dylan’s diehard fans are irritating, irascible and inept. Is it any wonder the singer can’t stand them? And is it any wonder that Jay Michaelson can’t stand a new book about them?Read More

Why Rabbi Schneerson Was Good For Jews But Bad For Biographers

By Mark Oppenheimer

He was perhaps the most influential rabbi in modern history. Yet suprisingly little is known about the man who was Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson.Read More

Guinness Record Holder For Longest Theater Career Dies at 90

By Benjamin Ivry

Actress Hanna Maron, who has died at age 90, began acting in 1927 and holds a Guinness record for endurance. Benjamin Ivry looks back on her remarkable career.Read More

Why God Can Sometimes Sound Female

By Philologos

In the ‘Shemoneh Esreh’ prayer, the feminine form is used to address God. Might this be proof that the deity is female? Not so fast, Philologos explains.Read More

The Inconvenient Truth About Jews From Arab Lands: They Were Expelled

By Adi Schwartz

Jews in Arab lands had powerful ties to their homelands and surprisingly little attachment to Zionism. A landmark new book concludes they left because they had to flee.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?
  • Not a gazillionaire? Take the "poor door."
  • "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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