Parodies that make us cringe today used to make people roar. A music critic discovers Abie Cohen, the Jewish version of Aunt Jemima.
Adam Gopnik follows the yuks from Groucho to his 12-year-old son
A new film reinvents Queen Esther as the very first Bachelorette
Jeffrey Goldberg goes the distance from an insecure boyhood on Long Island to the muscularity of military policehood in Israel
A chess amateur shows how the game has mesmerized through the ages
Bluesman Jeremiah Lockwood finds his voice in his grandfather’s liturgical repertoire
In The Lost, Daniel Mendelsohn excavates some unsettling truths about brotherhood, betrayal, and the Book of Genesis.
Naomi Alderman takes on Britain’s Jews
Eve Grubin on what happens when poetry and religious life collide
Miriam Katin makes her own Holocaust comic book
Galeet Dardashti finds the Israeli audience her grandfather never had
Everyone made fun of little Gary Shteyngart. Now it’s his turn.
Etgar Keret on death, optimism, and the virtues of confusion
Marcel Cohen’s Ladino lament. Plus: an excerpt from his letter to Antonio Saura.
Laurel Snyder reclaims her split identity
Yoram Kaniuk on his battles for health and recognition
Why the Yiddish workers’ movement was an American phenomenon
Balkan Beat Box’s diaspora mix
Tiffany Shlain reaches back to the Pleistocene era to explain assimilation in America
VH1’s So Jewtastic is a case of the lady who doth protest too much
A riddle for the Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai
Examining Maimonides with Sherwin Nuland
Faith-based acting taken to new heights
Hillel Halkin tries to untangle the roots of his adopted hometown
VH1 gathers musical has-beens for a Seder that rocks (sort of)
Todd Solondz’s latest bestiary of the dispossessed
Shalom Auslander writes his way out of misery, latching on to a comic tradition he traces from Beckett to the National Lampoon.
Wendy Shalit wrongfully accuses authors of misrepresenting the Orthodox
Tired headlines set the scene for Eytan Fox’s Walk on Water
For Jennifer Traig, mixing milk and meat could have brought on the end of the world. What happens when custom becomes compulsion?