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Yiddish Mumblecore

Rokhl’s Golden City: The ethnographic impulse in Joshua Z. Weinstein’s ‘must-see’ film, Menashe

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The Menorah as Symbol and Myth

A recent joint exhibit at the Vatican Museum and the Jewish Museum of Rome traced the surprising and enduring significance of the seven-branched golden object that entered ‘the temporal web of the history of humankind’

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St. Peter’s Menorah

How the Vatican warmed to Jews over the last century

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The Gift of the Mishnah

For the first time in English, a short story by the Yiddish master, in which 19th-century Hasidism meets its radical grandchildren in the 20th

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Was Isaac Bashevis Singer Religious?

Twenty-six years to the day after the death of the great Yiddish-American Nobel Prize winner, the clarity of his moral voice rings ever more true

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Farewell George Romero, the I.B. Singer of the Zombie Movie

The American master of horror and the Yiddish writer have a surprising amount in common, including a disdain for humanism and its platitudes

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Cinema Verite

Episode 98: Film critic Jordan Hoffman on the summer’s best movies and fitness trainer-turned-shaman Stacy Berman on finding balance

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200 Years After Her Death, Jane Austen Refuses to Meet Our Polite Expectations

‘Jane Austen: The Secret Radical,’ reassesses the writer and new face of the £10 note as Jewishly attentive to the complex moral challenges of life

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At Our Absolute Worst

Marco Roth talks to, yells at, and pleads with Joshua Cohen about his new novel, ‘Moving Kings’

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Steven ‘Spielbug’

In an excerpt from Molly Haskell’s new biography of the film titan, memories of a nerdy-nicknamed Jewish outsider in the Phoenix ’burbs, just like the neighborhood in Poltergeist—‘a wimp in a world of jocks’

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In a Masterful New Book, an Author Looks to Holocaust Memorials for Clues to His Family’s Fate

Victor Ripp’s ‘Hell’s Traces’ is a fine meditation on trying to make sense of history’s ultimate senseless act of violence

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Is There Light at the End of the Tunnel?

Rokhl’s Golden City: Irving Penn, Florine Stettheimer, the late, great Uriel Weinreich, and the fragile continuity of Yiddish culture

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The Coerced Community of Theresienstadt

H.G. Adler survived the Holocaust to write a monumental, meticulous study of the Nazi’s ‘model community,’ one of the first of its kind, in German. Why did it take so long to be translated to English?

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The World’s First Kung-Fu Holocaust Exploitation Flick!

Jackie Chan meets the Chinese Oskar Schindler in Israeli-Romanian co-production ‘Exodus to Shanghai’

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A Holocaust Story From the White Pages

An ‘archaeologist of bureaucracy’ traces the ghostly lives of foreign Jews in Italy during World War II

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Middle-Aged Stalker Professor Writes Lecherous, Funny, Vulnerable Poems

Art, death, sex, and pedagogy, in a new collection of prose poems, ‘My Vibe’

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Moving Kings

In an excerpt from Joshua Cohen’s new novel, David King rules his domain

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American and Israeli Literary All-Stars on Zionism, Judaism, Liberalism, and Trump

Amos Oz, A.B. Yehoshua, Etgar Keret, Jonathan Safran Foer, Paul Auster, Michael Chabon, Meir Shalev, Ayelet Waldman, Nicole Krauss, and Bernard-Henri Lévy

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Rick Rubin’s Def Jam Confidential

How the music guru landed on the logo that launched it all

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‘All-of-a-Kind Family,’ Time Travel, and Frozen in Time

Rokhl’s Golden City: What decomposing unearthed silent-film stock has to say to Yiddishists

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The Iranian Intellectual Who Inspired the Islamic Revolution and Admired Israel

Iran Week: Jalal Al-e Ahmad’s astonishing and paradoxical account of his 1963 travels in the Holyland, newly translated and reissued as ‘The Israeli Republic’

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Was Florine Stettheimer a Good Painter?

The Jewish Museum’s current show gives viewers a second chance to ‘see her light,’ and to see the socialite and troubled daughter behind the art

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Remembering Homework

Rokhl’s Golden City: Bringing Yiddish children to life, while 1970s New York drops dead

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David Shapiro’s Narrow Bridge

A descendant of the New York School brings cantorial poetics to his new collection, ‘In Memory of an Angel’

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My Father, Elie Wiesel

‘I want to tell you about the things that connect and separate fathers and sons, of the bridges to friendship and the spaces they must cross, and of seeing through to the best in people.’

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The Secrets of John Singer Sargent’s Jewess, Lady Adele Meyer

How the American master came to this living portrait, true to life—but what life?

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Barney Miller and ‘God of Vengeance’

Rokhl’s Golden City: What 1970s sitcom TV and 1920s Yiddish theater have in common

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Concentration Camp: The Eichmann Trial and the Origins of Punk Rock

Donald Trump might Make Punk Great Again, but in America, it was traumatized, and defiant, Jews who made it

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The Accidental Tourists

A new anthology, edited by Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon, inadvertently and correctly argues that coexistence between Israelis and Palestinians is an illusion.

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