What Jewish news outlets for youth get wrong: Why they should provide content to make kids (and their parents) laugh about Israel – instead of making them feel disheartened or angry.
Joanna Steinhardt examines the Jewish gangster mythos, and why it’s only nostalgic, and doesn’t apply to the crooks of today.
Where I grew up in Northampton, Mass., it went without saying that the Jews were the artists.
Nava EtShalom reviews the Rachel Zolf’s newest book of poetry, Neighbour Procedure (Coach House, 2010), and discusses its politics of Israel and of poetics.
Sanford Pinsker reviews the work of legendary novelist and social critic Albert Murray.
Yael Hedaya is a leading Israeli author (and TV script writer). Zeek presents, for the first time, an excerpt of her English satire on today’s Israel.
The Naming makes its political points by putting the music first.
Dragon fruit, star fruit, passion fruit–the heathens try new fruit for Sukkot.
While Michael Chabon is, at best, a Yiddish practitioner of the faux sort, Stern knows, (really knows), Yiddish. Ironically, however, this may be to Stern’s disadvantage.
I must admit that whenever I receive a word of an approaching film festival, I brace myself for evenings of frustration and boredom. That being said, the curators of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival do a better job than most in separating the wheat from the chaff of the annual crop of Jewish films.
On this photographic walking tour of Prague, we discover the world of Kafka’s imagination.
No more kiddush wine poems, no more challah, no more herring! It’s time to imagine a new Jewish poetry.
In the continuation of this essay, the great cultural critic’s discussion of toys illuminates the ways in which the Toy Story trilogy complicates our understanding of the relationship between adults and children.
“Anyone who teaches about Black-Jewish relations, anyone who talks about bohemia and the Beats and life in the Village in the ‘50s” needs to read Seymour Krim.
The quince was a cure-all to the ancients, but in Kaveh’s twisted world, the fruit takes sides against our natural capacity to forgive and forget.
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.
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.
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