For Rabbi Norman Lamm, who better to who better to invoke for justification of separate seating in synagogues than sex researcher Alfred Kinsey?
Until the 1950s, architecture in New York was not much to look at. Phyllis Lambert explains how she helped to transform the world’s most famous skyline.
‘Gentleman’s Agreement,’ the story of a reporter investigating anti-Semitism, made movie history by winning the Oscar. The true story of author Laura Hobson is even more interesting.
What kind of author writes himself into his own novel? One with a great deal of hubris. But if that writer is 97-year-old Herman Wouk, we may judge him sympathetically.
“Jews and comic books” is a topic that has received extensive treatment in the last 15 years. But what of the Jewish visual artists whose paintings are inspired by comic books? What of Roy Lichtenstein? Jewish studies scholars can look forward to the day when a dissertation is written about Lichtenstein as a Jewish artist, or an exhibition is curated on the same theme.
?Marjorie,? the story of a bedazzling Jewess on Manhattan?s Upper West Side who dreams of becoming an actress, was not exactly what critics expected from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of ?The Caine Mutiny,? although reviewers took the novel as proof of Wouk?s anti-intellectual, conformist point of view. Literary critic Leslie Fiedler called ?Marjorie? ?the first fictional celebration of the mid-20th-century detente between the Jews and middle-class America.? When Natalie Wood played Marjorie in 1958, it seemed further proof that Wouk?s was a story about, as Time magazine put it, ?an American Everygirl who happens to be Jewish.?