Despite tensions between Israel and Turkey, Israeli metal band Orphaned Land was welcomed by 5,000 fans in Istanbul.
Avi Steinberg talks to Maurice Sendak about his new children’s book, “Bumble-Ardy,” for the Paris Review.
Tony Bennet talks about his collaboration with Amy Winehouse shortly before her death.
Bill Keller pays homage to Christopher Hitchens in the Times Book Review.
Moment Magazine profiles Hasidic hip-hop artist Nosson Zand.
On The Yiddish Song of the Week blog, Itzik Gottesman introduces Tsunye Rymer singing “Der Blinder” (“The Blind Man”) by Yiddish poet Mani Leib.
Israeli Arab writer Sayed Kashua reflects on his kids’ first day of school.
Actor Rami Baruch, who plays Jonathan Pollard in an upcoming production by the Cameri Theater, has refused to appear the show’s debut in the West Bank.
Ezra Glinter is the critic-at-large of the Forward.
Out and About: Israeli Metal in Istanbul; Homage to Hitch