Rachel Shukert

Rachel Shukert, a Tablet Magazine columnist on pop culture, is the author of the memoirs Have You No Shame? and Everything Is Going To Be Great. Starstruck, the first in a series of three novels, is new from Random House. Her Twitter feed is @rachelshukert.

Greased, Frightening

John Travolta’s massages, ‘homosexual Jewish men’ in Hollywood, and the true nature of prejudice

Praised Be GCB

The born-again ABC show offers Kristin Chenoweth, camp, and TV that doesn’t require Talmudic analysis

Mel Gibson, Jews, and Power

The movie star’s brand of anti-Semitism, revealed anew in a recent Joe Eszterhas letter, is precisely what made him want to tell the Maccabee story

The WASP Woody Allen?

In Damsels in Distress, preppy auteur Whit Stillman fetishizes a world of limits, quite contrary to the Jewish director to whom he’s often compared

Jesus Christ!

The Son of God takes Manhattan—from Bigger Than Jesus to Godspell—and the people blamed for his death wonder where to turn

Jew Pop

Mad Men, whose sixth season premiered Sunday, revives the 1960s, an era when Jewish culture and American pop began to meld

Persian Dolls

Shahs of Sunset, Bravo’s latest Hobbesian experiment on the lives of the nouveau riche, is a fascinating piece of television—in spite of itself

Type-Faces

A MoMA retrospective reveals an unlikely connection between Cindy Sherman and Jewish stereotypes—and forces questions about individualism

Antique Politik

In choosing vintage Dior for her Oscars dress, Natalie Portman became an icon of fashion diplomacy—by maintaining both her ethics and her endorsement deal

Dictatorial

Sacha Baron Cohen has been warned not to commit any stunts at the Oscars. But why should he listen? It’s not as if he’ll ever win one.

And I

Whitney Houston’s music played at bar mitzvahs across America in the 1990s—the theme songs of a forgotten adolescence

Talk Therapy

A visit to a Hasidic family in Brooklyn—where nobody knows who she is—magically transforms Oprah back into the person she once was

Helpless

The nebbish is the bumbling caricature of a Jewish male, embodied by figures like Woody Allen and George Costanza. Where did he come from?

In Defensivus of Festivus

The Rebutter

What ‘Schindler’s List’ Is Hopeful About

The Rebutter

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