Bound for Glory

Harry Houdini exhibited two very different public faces—master of escape and anti-mystical firebrand—that were united by his Jewishness

Picture Imperfect

Are there right and wrong ways of looking at Holocaust-era photographs?

Favorite Son

Belarus embraces Chagall but leaves his Jewishness at the door

Master Builder

With his U.S. Institute of Peace set to open in Washington, Israeli-born Moshe Safdie takes his place among the world’s leading architects

Confessional Notes

An Israeli designer crafts an unorthodox ritual object for Yom Kippur

Gimme Shelter

A design competition invites new takes on the sukkah


An illustrated remembrance of cartooning legend Harvey Pekar

Cross Pollination

How the figure of Jesus came to be employed in modern Jewish art

Body Image

An art historian tackles the thorny matter of Jews and figurative painting

Shift in Focus

Tired of glossy magazines, photographer Harry Borden turned his attention—and lens—toward Holocaust survivors

Monumental Dilemma

A design competition is seeking an uplifting Holocaust memorial. Is such a thing possible?

String Theory

Artist Ben Schachter puzzles over boundaries, real and imagined

Force of Nature

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

Pure and Complicated

An exhibition devoted to mikvahs taps into Austria’s troubled past—and complex present

Out of Focus

Curator Maya Benton discusses how the image of shtetl life we’ve gotten from Roman Vishniac is a distortion not only of life in the Old World but of the photographer’s own oeuvre

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