This Week in Forward Arts and Culture

  • Leah Koenig looks into the proliferation of kosher certification in America.

  • Curt Schleier and Gordon Haber ponder “God in America,” a six-hour PBS documentary that debunks the myth that the Founding Fathers were evangelicals.

  • Steven G. Kellman goes poking around in Nicole Krauss’s “Great House.”

  • Philologos wonders if swearing loyalty to a “Jewish and democratic state” really means anything, anyway.

  • Benjamin Ivry profiles Israeli composer Chaya Czernowin, whose works are receiving greater and greater acclaim.

  • Zohar Tirosh-Polk reviews “The Human Scale,” a new play by The New Yorker writer Lawrence Wright (previously interviewed on The Arty Semite here) about his experience reporting from Gaza.

  • And this week on the Forverts video channel Boris Sandler talks to Yiddish actor Rafael Goldwaser about his play “The Metamorphosis of a Melody” (Previously reviewed on The Arty Semite here) which returns to New York on November 11:

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