To understand David Blatt, think less pick-and-roll and more ‘Portnoy’s Complaint’
Post-Qaddafi Libya was supposed to be something other than the chaos it has become
A love letter to the mundane Holy City
The grim satire of the ‘Charlie Hebdo’ controversy, in context
An excerpt from Pierre Birnbaum’s new biography of the French titan
‘I don’t believe in you, “salvation,” I never have and I never will. And very soon I won’t even be.’
‘The Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook’ offers insight into the city’s prewar culinary scene—and pioneering restaurateur Fania Lewando
A convert to Judaism reflects on the Jewish woman who embraced her, and honors her with a holiday recipe
Spending a summer working on a farm got me in touch with nature—and Torah. Now I understand how the two are intertwined.
Why the anti-Semitism present in other recent protests almost kept me from this important one
A film of nude people playing in a gas chamber is but one piece aiming to shock at the Berlin Biennale art show
Scholar Thai Jones traces New York City’s role as a center of American protest, from the anarchist marches of 1914 to Occupy Wall Street today
Feminist rock collective Permanent Wave gathers a powerful music scene around a core of activism. Just don’t call them riot grrrls.
UPDATED: Israel’s central banker delivers a blunt warning to Israeli Arabs and the ultra-Orthodox: Get to work, or the state will be jeopardized
CODEPINK, Just Foreign Policy, ‘The Nation’ endorsing conference protest
Clancy Sigal’s 1961 novel, Going Away, is a primer for the Occupy generation about the futility of despair and the inevitability of change
Commenting on ‘Commentary’
The Canadian magazine Adbusters sparked the Occupy Wall Street movement. It also has a weakness for Israel-bashing conspiracy theories.
Why it shouldn’t matter (even if it probably does)
On a new album, Italian singer Shulamit offers modern interpretations of haunting songs left by women in the Holocaust
Victor Rodack dreamed of visiting Israel. In 1967, he found an unusual way to make his dream a reality.
Historian Jonathan Sarna discusses the Great Emancipator’s ties to a chiropodist, military men, and other Jews