By Lauren Landau
At Long-Last, Giving Salomé a Voice
Water runs over the curves of Salomé’s bare skin. Alone together in an underground prison, John the Baptist baptizes the Judean princess. Instruct someone to imagine Salomé in the nude, and this is probably not the scene that comes to mind. But South African playwright and director Yaël Farber’s take on the biblical story doesn’t…
Why I Choose to Forgive Rabbi Barry Freundel on Yom Kippur
His handwriting is terrible. He signs the letter, addressed from the D.C. jail, “Barry Freundel.” It makes me wonder if he always signed off that way, or if he recently stripped himself of the title “Rabbi.” I search through my Gmail inbox, scanning the past three years of correspondence, starting from when I began seriously…
Esther Bubley’s Ordinary People
Walking through differently-themed rooms full of photos, viewers are confronted by scenes and spirits from the past. An Alfred Eisenstaedt portrait of a female National Skeet Shooting Champion adorns one wall, while another example of his work depicts a vocational classroom full of cheerful teenage girls, ready to learn the how to wrap packages. In…
Canada was ashamed to have saluted a Ukrainian who fought for Hitler. But that salute didn’t come from nowhere
He’s the greatest Jewish storyteller of our generation — isn’t it time for him to win the Nobel Prize?
The most prominent Jew in Latin America wore a crucifix at a recent campaign event. Is that kosher?
Film & TV
This movie tells the true story of a 6-year-old Jewish boy — baptized, kidnapped and raised by the Pope
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