Arts & Culture


Ellen Willis and Me

By Ezra Glinter

The legendary feminist critic, writer and editor Ellen Willis died in 2006. But a new collection of her essays reminds Ezra Glinter that her voice has a lasting impact.Read More


A Tale of Twins Who Are Connected — Very Closely

By Jesse Oxfeld

‘Sideshow,’ the saga of the conjoined twin sisters, is simultaneously wonderful and ridiculous. Jesse Oxfeld assesses the Kennedy Center revival of the beloved Broadway flop.Read More


The True Story of Maine's Potato King — My Great-Grandfather's Rise and Fall

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

Josh Nathan-Kazis journeyed to a tiny Maine town in search of his roots. He found the tale of Jake Etscovitz, who built a Jewish life in the wilderness — and spent his life dressed for Fifth Ave.Read More


How Liturgy Can Co-Exist With Backstreet Boys and The Wu-Tang Clan

By Raphael Magarik

Many Jewish liturgical tunes take melodies from secular music. Did Raphael Magarik go too far by grabbing the melody from rap’s Wu-Tang Clan or a Yom Kippur service?Read More


'Seinfeld' Revolutionized Pop Culture 25 Years Ago — and That's a Bad Thing

By Joshua Furst

25 years ago, ‘Seinfeld’ debuted and revolutionized American pop culture. Joshua Furst argues it also paved the way for smug complacency and entitlement.Read More


'The Search' Relives Auschwitz — in Chechnya

By A.J. Goldmann

Oscar-winning director Michel Hazanavicius has updated the classic Holocaust melodrama ‘The Search.’ Yet he gives the film a haunting new setting: Chechnya.Read More


An Atheist’s Case for Talmud

By Leah Vincent

As a rabbi’s daughter, Leah Vincent was never allowed to learn Talmud. Years after abandoning ultra-Orthodoxy, she sets out to rediscover the ancient Jewish law books.Read More


Remembering the Life and Films of Paul Mazursky

By Benjamin Ivry

Born Irwin Mazursky in Brooklyn, Paul Mazursky became the quintessential American filmmaker of the 1970’s. Benjamin Ivry remembers his life and legacy.Read More


Israel and Circumcision Top List of Concerns in New 'Pewish' Plays

By Gordon Haber

The Pew Survey of American Jewry has inspired conversation, argument, and now actual drama. ‘Pewish,’ a night of new Jewish plays, shows how influential the survey continues to be.Read More


Hey Baby, It's the 4th Of Jew-ly!

By Dan Epstein

Jewish artists have written some of America’s most patriotic rock songs. Here is a list of songs by Semitic singers to accompany your fireworks display.Read More





Find us on Facebook!
  • According to a new poll, 75% of Israeli Jews oppose intermarriage.
  • Will Lubavitcher Rabbi Moshe Wiener be the next Met Council CEO?
  • Angelina Jolie changed everything — but not just for the better:
  • Prime Suspect? Prime Minister.
  • Move over Dr. Ruth — there’s a (not-so) new sassy Jewish sex-therapist in town. Her name is Shirley Zussman — and just turned 100 years old.
  • From kosher wine to Ecstasy, presenting some of our best bootlegs:
  • Sara Kramer is not the first New Yorker to feel the alluring pull of the West Coast — but she might be the first heading there with Turkish Urfa pepper and za’atar in her suitcase.
  • About 1 in 40 American Jews will get pancreatic cancer (Ruth Bader Ginsberg is one of the few survivors).
  • At which grade level should classroom discussions include topics like the death of civilians kidnapping of young Israelis and sirens warning of incoming rockets?
  • Wanted: Met Council CEO.
  • “Look, on the one hand, I understand him,” says Rivka Ben-Pazi, a niece of Elchanan Hameiri, the boy that Henk Zanoli saved. “He had a family tragedy.” But on the other hand, she said, “I think he was wrong.” What do you think?
  • How about a side of Hitler with your spaghetti?
  • Why "Be fruitful and multiply" isn't as simple as it seems:
  • William Schabas may be the least of Israel's problems.
  • You've heard of the #IceBucketChallenge, but Forward publisher Sam Norich has something better: a #SoupBucketChallenge (complete with matzo balls!) Jon Stewart, Sarah Silverman & David Remnick, you have 24 hours!
  • from-cache

Would you like to receive updates about new stories?




















We will not share your e-mail address or other personal information.

Already subscribed? Manage your subscription.