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This Week in Forward Arts and Culture

  • Philologos re-considers the linguistic distinctiveness of Yeshivish, with a Yeshivish translation of the Gettysburg Address as exhibit A.

  • Michael Kaminer visits an exhibit the Royal Ontario Museum that ponders the future of “the world’s most valuable resource” in the Middle East.

  • Jordana Horn reviews “The Gift to Stalin,” a Kazakh movie not starring Borat about a Jewish boy trying to save his parents from Stalin’s post-war purge.

  • In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Yoel Matveev revisits the relationship between Israel’s first Chief Rabbi, Isaac Halevi Herzog, and the Irish nationalist movement.

  • Purim is almost here! Check out our annual Backward edition.

  • Mordechai Shinefield surveys a new trend in Jewish music toward the dark regions of metal.

  • A few months ago, Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz completed his 45-years-in-the-making Hebrew translation and commentary on the Talmud. Nathan Jeffay visits Steinsaltz in Jerusalem to find out more about the man and his mission.

  • In the latest Yid Lit podcast, Allison Gaudet Yarrow talks to comedian Michael Showalter.

  • And this week on the Forverts video channel, Ross Perlin investigates Chinese medicine:

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