Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Harvey Fierstein, Paula Vogel to Receive Legend of Off Broadway Awards by Talya Zax

The 7th Annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards will honor Harvey Fierstein, Paula Vogel and Israel Horovitz as Legends of Off Broadway, alongside Athol Fugard, Charlotte Moore, and Estelle Pars…

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Two Yentas Walk Into a Bar... by Meredith Blake

Old Jews Make Us Laugh With ‘Not-So-Kosher' Jokes

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When Violence Overcame a Freedom Struggle by Gal Beckerman

Excerpt From New Book Tells of Meir Kahane's Tumultuous Reign Over Soviet Jewry Movement, and the Fatal Consequence

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Lipa Schmeltzer Reaches For Broadway and Beyond

On the last Sunday of 2013, Lipa Schmeltzer, the famous and controversial Hasidic singer revered by many took to the Broadway stage to celebrate 15 years of entertainment. Click here for the…

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

On and Off Broadway, 2013 Was the Year of The Transitional Jew

Shlomo Carlebach appeared on stage this year. So did Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Asher Lev and a passel of other characters. What did they all have in common? This was the year of Jews in transitio…

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Remembering Israeli Literature's Only Nobel Laureate

Shai Agnon was a consummate Zionist. Yet, he remained nostalgic for the Ukrainian village of his youth. His contradictions continue to confound and fascinate. Click here for the rest of the …

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

André Schiffrin, the Publisher Who Knew When the Party Was Over

The death of André Schiffrin, who presided over the publishing world for half a century, marks the end of an era for the evolving world of book producing and selling. Click here for the res…

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Meet the Fifth (Jewish) Beatle — Manager Brian Epstein

Beatles manager Brian Epstein struggled with his sexuality and his Judaism right up until he died of a drug overdose. We discuss his legacy with the author of ‘The Fifth Beatle.’ Click h…

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Deconstructing an Older Sarah Silverman

Throughout her career, Sarah Silverman has channelled shocking jokes through a character that excuses her for making them. Now, at age 42, she’s trying something more risky. Click here…

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Why Bambi Is the Most Jewish Deer in Disneyland

At first, the story of Disney’s doe-eyed fawn gallivanting through the forest seems like a simple children’s tale. But some see a darker message for the Jews. Click here for the …

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Why Thanksgivukkah Is a Portmanteau — and What That Means

Thanksgivukkah is a portmanteau, a word created by mashing up two separate words. Philologos offers a primer to some other wacky words. Click here for the rest of the article...

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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Beloved Israeli Director Shemi Zarhin Tries His Hand at Fiction

Shemi Zarhin is best known for his films. With “Some Day,” set among the working class people of Tiberias, he makes a memorable transition into novel writing. Click here for the …

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Friday, November 29, 2013

The Only Jewish Kid in His Moscow Class

Maxim D. Shrayer, author of ‘Leaving Russia,’ grew up in school experiencing casual anti-Semitism in the Soviet Union. Decades later, he finds himself unable to forget. Click her…

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

World's Oldest Living Holocaust Survivor Celebrates 110th Birthday

Alice Herz-Sommer, the world’s oldest living Holocaust survivor, celebrates her 110th birthday. Benjamin Ivry pays tribute to a pianist who remains a symbol of indomitable spirit. Cli…

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Hungary Designer Has a Little Dreidel (and a Menorah)

A Hungarian Jewish startup has an avant-garde approach to making menorahs and dreidels. Next up: modernist mezuzas and Seder plates. Click here for the rest of the article...

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Arik Einstein, Voice of Good Old Israel, Dies at 74

WIth the death of Arik Einstein, a part of Israel has passed away. A voice of Israel — the voice, for many — will sing no more, Chemi Shalev writes. Click here for the rest of the articl…

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How Tevye's Author Got an Oklahoma Oilfield Named After Him

The name of the Sholem Alechem oilfield in Oklahoma is puzzling to locals and Yiddishists alike. Doni Bloomfield ferrets out the truth about a mystery in the Bible Belt. Click here for the r…

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8 Best Songs To Ring in Thanksgivukkah

The rare collision of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah has resulted in a pop-cultural flavor. For your holiday listening pleasure, our critic’s playlist offers the best of both worlds (and ho…

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Monday, November 25, 2013

How Hanukkah Entered American Mainstream

Hanukkah didn’t always seem to try to compete with Christmas. The holiday’s fascinating history finally gets told in Dianne Ashton’s ‘Hanukkah in America.’ Clic…

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When George Washington Celebrated Thanksgivukkah

Regardless of what you’ve been told, this is not the first Thanksgivukkah in American history. Eric Schulmiller explains. Click here for the rest of the article...

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Imagining Life of Dona Gracia, Portuguese Jew and Richest Woman in World

An Israeli writer stumbled onto the famous story of Dona Gracia Nasi, a 16th-century Portuguese widow. Turns out, she was likely the wealthiest woman of her era anywhere. Click here for the …

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Will the Real Sholem Aleichem Please Stand Up?

Is ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ a celebration of Sholem Aleichem, or a contamination of his legacy? Two new books examine the question from two very different perspectives. Click here f…

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How an Affront to Judaism Came To Memorialize Israel's War Dead

Andarta is a Hebrew word for the war memorials found all over Israel today. Ironically the term was once derided by rabbis when used by ancient Greeks. Click here for the rest of the article…

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Celebrating 200 Years of French-Jewish Composer Charles Valentin-Alkan

This month marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of French composer Charles-Valentin Alkan. He was a furiously individual thinker — and an observant Jew in a secular land. Click here fo…

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Friday, November 22, 2013

How 'Stars of David' Made Leap From Page to Stage

Ten years ago, Abigail Pogrebin wrote a book about Jewish identity. Little did she know that some of her favorite songwriters would help bring ‘Stars of David’ to the stage. Clic…

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

It's Not Easy Being a Jewish Artist in a Muslim Land

Venturing into global conflict zones, some of which are Muslim, can be challenging to Jewish theater artists. Two women share the perils they have faced in Iraq and elsewhere. Click here for…

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How a Schlumpy Kid Named Art Spiegelman Changed Pop Culture

Not too long ago, comics were a disreputable art form. With the arrival of Art Spiegelman, they became the stuff of serious literature and high art. Click here for the rest of the article...

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Masada Still Stubbornly Gives Up Its Secrets — Lice and All — After 50 Years

Israel’s famed Masada tells more than a grand tale of destruction and suicide pacts. It also opens a window on daily life, like ordinary people combing nits out of their hair. Click he…

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My Dinner With Leonard Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein was a phenomenal composer, a stunning conversationalist, and he remembered every slight he ever received. One night, Benjamin Ivry got up close and personal. Click here for…

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

In Joshua Safran's Memoir, Jack Kerouac Meets Edgar Allan Poe

‘Free Spirit,’ Joshua Safran’s memoir of his nomadic childhood, starts out as a dark version of a Mark Twain story. It winds up as an inspiring tale of Jewish salvation. Cl…

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Doris Lessing and the Jews

Doris Lessing has passed away at the age of 94. Benjamin Ivry traces the significant impact Jewish issues had on the Nobel laureate’s life and work. Click here for the rest of the arti…

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