This Week in Forward Arts and Culture
• Benjamin Ivry dusts off Benjamin Botkin, a pioneering folklorist vilified for his scholarly openness.
• Shlomo Schwartzberg celebrates journalist Ruth Gruber, who became the youngest Ph.D. in history — in 1932.
• Philologos investigates the word “synagogue,” and why nobody seems to use it very much.
• Yossl Huttler contributes two poems about the High Holy Days.
• Gordon Haber critiques “The Chosen Peoples: America, Israel, and the Ordeals of Divine Election” by Todd Gitlin and Liel Leibovitz.
• In the latest Nigun Project, Jeremiah Lockwood joins forces with Malian singer Khaira Arby and her band on “The Baal Shem Tov’s Nigun.”
• In this week’s Yid Lit podcast, Allison Gaudet Yarrow talks to Rachel Shukert about her new memoir “Everything is Going to Be Great.”
• And on the Forverts Video Channel, Ross Perlin, a “New York Jew in China,” reports on “real Chinese food”: