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This Week in Forward Arts and Culture

Jon Kalish goes to see “The Concert,” a French comedy about a Russian janitor who hijacks an invitation for the Bolshoi Orchestra to perform in Paris.

Jerome A. Chanes reads (take a deep breath) “An Akkadian Lexical Companion for Biblical Hebrew: Etymological-Semantic and Idiomatic Equivalents With Supplements on Biblical Aramaic.” It’s important, trust us.

Jordana Horn talks to Samuel Maoz about his film “Lebanon” (previously reviewed in the Forward here), which opened in theaters last week.

Claudia B. Braude examines the conflicted Jewish identity of South African author Nadine Gordimer, as expressed in the Nobel laureate’s new collection “Telling Times: Writing and Living, 1954-2008.”

Philologos takes the dictionary to task over the etymology of the word “hock.”

Sammy Loren hangs out with Orto-Da, an avant-garde Israeli theater troupe that made a big splash at the California International Theatre Festival.

Over at The Sisterhood, Renee Ghert-Zand reviews Rebecca Skloot’s “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lack.”

And on the Forverts video channel, Itzik Gottesman talks to professor Ber Kotlerman of Bar-Ilan University about Sholom Aleichem and Yiddish Film:

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