Boris Fishman

King of the Jews, Leslie Epstein (1979)

A portrayal of Holocaust victims as flawed, but real

The Fixer, Bernard Malamud (1966)

Going to the heart of the matter

The Stranger

A 24-year-old Jewish Upper West Sider helps run the most important Arab-American organization in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, home to 35,000 Arabs

Old Ways

Soviet Jews survived by gaming the system, so it’s no surprise some felt entitled to fraudulently claim reparations from Germany

Under the Chuppah

Preparing to officiate at my parents’ wedding-vow renewal, I discovered a connection to Judaism I didn’t know I had

‘Oy! Such a Home’

A New Yorker flees to New Orleans and finds himself surrounded by Jews

The Man Who Would Be King

Thirty years ago, Leslie Epstein raised hackles with his fictional take on the Lodz ghetto

Forged Reunions

A picture of post-Soviet provincial life, both Jewish and gentile

Ghetto Music

When Italians fell for klezmer, Francesco Spagnolo tuned them in to the forgotten sounds of their own people

Spelling Errors

How Bee Season lost its sting on the screen. Plus: An audio interview with author Myla Goldberg.

A Novel Ending

Liev Schreiber pulls a switch on Everything Is Illuminated

Back from the Shadows

Dovid Bergelson’s skepticism served him poorly in life but sublimely in art

Austrophobia

Sam Apple encounters a shepherd who sings in Yiddish—and forces him to question his deepest fear.

Reorientation

Tom Reiss on the mysterious Byronic figure from Baku who posed as a Muslim prince.

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