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This Week in Forward Arts and Culture

  • Michael Goldfarb celebrates the Man Booker Prize win by English Jewish novelist Howard Jacobson.

  • The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences plans on giving an honorary Oscar to Jean-Luc Godard. But will they be honoring an anti-Semite? Benjamin Ivry investigates.

  • Fifty years after his initial rise to fame, novelty songwriter Allan Sherman is as popular as ever. Mark Cohen explains why.

  • Ilan Stavans goes to see “Nora’s Will,” a Mexican film that won seven Ariel awards.

  • Gordon Haber critiques a documentary about March of the Living.

  • Shoshana Olidort reviews “Burnt Books: Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav and Franz Kafka” by Rodger Kamenetz.

  • Did the Nazis really make lampshades out of human skin? Jon Kalish reports.

  • If you move to Israel, do you “go on Aliyah” or “make Aliyah”? Philologos adjudicates.

  • Gavriel Rosenfeld explores the United States’ oldest Holocaust Museum’s new home.

  • Dara Horn appraises Cynthia Ozick’s ambition.

  • Rochelle G. Saidel and Sonja M. Hedgepeth appreciate groundbreaking feminist artist Judy Chicago.

  • And in the latest Nigun Project, Jeremiah Lockwood joins forces with Basya Schechter of Pharaoh’s Daughter to play a melody from the Lubavitch Sefer HaNigunim.

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