A Zombie Day of Atonement. A great-grandmother’s infidelities. An escape from Czech nationalists. The next generation of Jews is rediscovering its past on the way to creating a new future.
In the first installment of this essay, the great cultural critic’s search for meaning in consumer society helps to frame the deeper significance of Pixar’s computer-animated films, particularly their Toy Story trilogy.
Jews and nose jobs: Lauren Greenfield makes it new.
Maira Kalman is an artist you should know. Learn more here.
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach (yes); Annie Sprinke (no); Chess (yes); Poker (no); Beastie Boys (yes); klezmer (no). When we have wikipedia, encylcopedias becomes history, giving us one perspective on our times.
Jewlia Eisenberg and Charming Hostess excavate our polytheistic heritage, showing how women found “back channels” for communication that would otherwise have been impossible.
You don’t know Short-Lou? Never heard of “Two Wheels” Short-Lou? Never saw him down at Hatikva joyriding stolen cars? Man, you surprise me. You really do.
How do you make the mortgage crisis and resulting Crash a great read? Get Seth Tobocman to set history to comix.
The latest film from Judd Apatow’s camp awkwardly tackles the subject of same-sex romance, while raising interesting questions about its “brother” films’ treatment of ethnicity.
New poems by Lynn Levin concern themselves with the business of living
Writing is easy; find a title is hard.
The paintings of Marlene Burns give body and soul to abstraction, compelling us with their use of color.
“What is hateful to you, do not do to others.” Goldbard and Grossman offer twelve variations on this rule, in prose and art.
In this new installment of Alma’s story, Vic and Alma go to the pool.
The posters of the American Labor movement were shaped by the Depression but owed much to shifts in the reproduction of art, especially political art.
A new album from Shir Yaakov (of Darshan) gives us a new take on liturgy.
Alma is not the first nice Jewish girl to wish Bill Cosby lived next door. If only her family could be more like his.
Middle Eastern Jews have their own aliyah stories, too. Israeli novelist Revital Shiri-Horowitz paints a portrait of an Iraqi woman planning her departure.
Alma prepares to be redeemed at AA meetings. Not by sobriety, but by Brooklyn, where being Jewish is no big deal, and difference means equality.
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