Daphne Merkin is a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine and a contributing editor at Elle. She is the author of two books: Enchantment, a novel, and Dreaming of Hitler, a collection of essays.
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Israeli Coming Out

Eytan Fox’s brilliant new film Yossi makes gay love into something much more powerful

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How I Learned To Drink

Long before I discovered Bloody Marys and martinis, I loved Manischewitz Concord grape wine

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Writing Footnote

Director Joseph Cedar on Orthodox Judaism, The Social Network, and the nightmare scenario behind his latest Academy Award-nominated film

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What Makes a Film Jewish?

Critic Daphne Merkin’s all-time top ten

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Tunnel Vision

Agnieszka Holland’s new Holocaust film, In Darkness, is a quietly moving take on a subject that should be inexhaustible—but isn’t

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Screen Doors

Israel, a nascent cinematic empire, produces great films. But the 28th annual Jerusalem Film Festival, the industry’s most prominent showcase, is still plagued by informality and inattention

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Love and Death

In An Exclusive Love, Johanna Adorján tries to make sense of how her Hungarian Jewish grandparents took their own lives—together—decades after having survived the Holocaust

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Consolation Prize

Reviewers of David Grossman’s To the End of the Land have confused the author’s grief with his artistry—and have misread the book

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Force of Nature

The artist Avigdor Arikha, who died in 2010, lived—and painted—with gusto

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Private Drama

Alice Miller was an authority on childhood trauma, but she stayed mum about her own

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Painfully Good

On the eve of the Oscars, an endorsement of ‘The White Ribbon’

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On Not Learning to Flirt

On Valentine’s Day, reflecting on the limits and boundlessness of a father’s love

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Dolled Up

American Girl teaches the economic realities of the old Lower East Side—and of today

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