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Psychotherapy's Jewish Roots

By Gabrielle Birkner

The evolution of the so-called talking cure during the second half of the 20th century is the subject of Jonathan Engel’s new book, “American Therapy: The Rise of Psychotherapy in the United States.” In the book, Engel explores America’s early affinity for “the Jewish science of psychoanalysis, ” the subsequent decline of the analytic movement, and the techniques that replaced it.Read More


President Carter's Holy Land Plans

By Jeremy Gillick

Former president Jimmy Carter has come out with a new book about solving the Middle East conflict.“We Can Have Peace in the Holy Land: A Plan That Will Work” comes more than two years after the publication of “Palestine Peace Not Apartheid, which was met with a flurry of criticism from pro-Israel groups that claimed the book provided a biased portrayal of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Forward recently spoke with Carter about his books about the Middle East, and about the war in Gaza, Obama’s Middle East envoy, George Mitchell, and why the former president says Hamas must be part of the region’s peace negotiations.Read More


A Voice for Jews of Color

By Jeremy Gillick

During the week that America saw the inauguration of its first African-American president, Yavilah McCoy, an advocate for Jewish multiculturalism, spoke with the Forward about racial diversity among American Jews and the Jewish communal lessons of the Obama presidency.Read More


Koch on Koch on Antisemitism

By Daniel Treiman

“A liberal,” Robert Frost once quipped, “is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel.”Read More


Of Folk, Faith and Famous Father-in-Law

By Rebecca Spence

Peter Himmelman is an eclectic musician who has earned critical accolades for everything from his television show scores to his folk-rock albums. His work scoring the TV series “Judging Amy” garnered him an Emmy nomination in 2002, and just a few months ago, his latest children’s album, “My Green Kite,” was nominated for a Grammy. “The Pigeons Couldn’t Sleep,” Himmelman’s 10th studio album, was released last summer. If that all sounds like enough, it isn’t: Himmelman is currently scoring the Fox series “Bones” and ABC’s “Men in Trees.”Read More


On Elvis Presley's Birthday, The Jewish Elvis Who Stalked Michael Moore

By Daniel Treiman

Willard Morgan is Jelvis — “the Jewish Elvis.” True, he’s not the only Jewish Elvis. In fact, he isn’t even the only “Jelvis.” But, it seems safe to say, Morgan is the only Jewish Elvis (or Jelvis, for that matter) who has stalked filmmaker Michael Moore.Read More


From Freeing Tibet to Rebooting Judaism

By Daniel Treiman

Erin Potts got her start in activism at a very young age — and on a very big stage.Read More


Funny, Brad Greenberg Doesn’t Look Christian

By Daniel Treiman

It’s not surprising that a major Jewish newspaper would have its own “God Blog.” One might be surprised, however, upon learning that a Jewish newspaper’s “God blogger” is a church-going Christian. And one certainly wouldn’t expect said Christian to have a last name that starts with “Green” and ends with “berg.”Read More


Max Blumenthal, Scourge of Conservative Conferences

By Daniel Treiman

Max Blumenthal is a party pooper.Read More


Playing the Part of ‘Rav’ for San Francisco’s Karaite Community

By Daniel Treiman

By day, Joe Pessah is a marketing applications manager for a tech company in California’s Silicon Valley. In his spare time, however, the 62-year-old Mountain View resident pursues a much more unusual vocation.Read More





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