Interview Series


Mystery Shrouds Macy's Titanic Plaque

By Paul Berger

TITANIC ANNIVERSARY: Macy’s employees contributed to a memorial for their boss, Isidor Straus, and his wife, Ida. What happened to the plaque is now a mystery.Read More


The Personal Stories of the Warsaw Ghetto

While most German studies of the Holocaust center on the perpetrators, a new wave of historians are focusing on the victims. Andrea Löw’s new book takes a personal look at the Warsaw Ghetto.Read More


Massacres, Riots and Shagging

Forward Managing Editor Dan Friedman talks with award-winning author Naomi Alderman about her new novel set in Roman-occupied Judea.Read More


Reading Ladino in Greece

Aron Rodrigue and Sarah Abrevaya Stein talk about their new book which looks back at the Jewish life in the Ottoman port town of Salonica.Read More


Winding Road from ‘Casablanca’

By Jon Kalish

Playwright Michelanne Forster stumbled onto her family’s real-life Hollywood drama. Her grandfather directed ‘Casablanca’ and relatives hid their Jewish roots for years.Read More


Jews Face Special Risks, Napolitano Says

By Nathan Guttman

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says Jews face special security risks and defends a controversial grant program in a meeting with Forward staff.Read More


Talking Comics With Diane Noomin

By Michael Kaminer and Nate Lavey

Women’s comics pioneer Diane Noomin talks about Wimmen’s Comix, Twisted Sister and her comic alter ego of several decades — Didi Glitz.Read More


Child Sex-Abuse Scandal in Australia's Jewish Community Spills Into U.S.

By Paul Berger

Members of the Australian Jewish community say suspected child molesters ended up in the United States after community leaders failed to report them to authorities.Read More


Podcast: Oran B. Hesterman on Making Food Policy Fairer

The Forward’s Jane Eisner and Devra Ferst speak with Oran B. Hesterman about his new book, “Fair Food,” which details how public policy can and should shape the ways we grow and consume food.Read More


The Interview: Young, Queer and Orthodox

By Nadja Spiegelman

Mordechai Levovitz, co-founder of Jewish Queer Youth, a support network for queer Orthodox Jews under 30, visits the Forward’s podcast studio to discuss how he’s learned to to live as a gay observant Jew.Read More





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  • "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: http://jd.fo/q4XfI
  • 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.”
  • "Mark your calendars: It was on Sunday, July 20, that the momentum turned against Israel." J.J. Goldberg's latest analysis on Israel's ground operation in Gaza:
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  • "To everyone who is reading this article and saying, “Yes, but… Hamas,” I would ask you to just stop with the “buts.” Take a single moment and allow yourself to feel this tremendous loss. Lay down your arms and grieve for the children of Gaza."
  • Professor Dan Markel, 41 years old, was found shot and killed in his Tallahassee home on Friday. Jay Michaelson can't explain the death, just grieve for it.
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