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Out and About: Pablo Dylan’s Rap Career; What I.B. Singer Left Behind

  • Former Forward staffer Seth Mnookin chronicles the trials and triumphs of the New York Times.

  • An archeological excavation of the ancient Israelite city of Shechem is taking place under the auspices of the Palestinan Department of Antiquities.

  • Bob Dylan’s grandson Pablo has launched a rap career, describing his grandfather as the “the Jay-Z of his time.”

  • A Lebanese belly dancer and an Israeli heavy metal band gave an unusual performance at France’s Hellfest music festival.

  • On the 20th anniversary of Isaac Bashevis Singer’s death, Reed Martin remembers sorting through the writer’s personal effects.

  • The Israel Chamber orchestra will play Richard Wagner’s “Siegfried Idyll” in Bayreuth this week, the first time an Israeli Orchestra has performed Wagner in Germany.

  • Israel’s National Library accidentally gave away dozens of valuable books, including a Bulgarian translation of Sholem Aleichem and a German-language first edition of Darwin’s “The Expression of Emotion in Man and Animals.”

  • If you like “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” Sadie Stein recommends that you try reading Iris Owens’s 1973 novel “After Claude.”

  • How does Harry Potter line up with the Jewish idea of the messiah?

  • A war crimes fugitive in Serbia was arrested after trying to sell a stolen Modigliani painting.

  • Asian Jewish Life profiles artist Siona Benjamin and her work on the Jews of India.

  • The director of San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum, Connie Wolf, is moving to Stanford University’s Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts.

  • Robert Pinksy on how not to write a book review.

  • The Kansas City Jewish community is seeking to revive its Jewish Art Fund.

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