Outside the Lines

Douglas Rushkoff turns open source Judaism into a comic book

The Piperno Case

Is a popular Italian novel a daring comedy of manners

Staged Rebellion

Yiddish playwright Jacob Gordin inspired fury and adulation


I have Bob Dylan to thank for my career, my child, and my soul

Summer Reading 2007

What we’re reading

East Meets Kvetch

An all-Asian troupe performs a musical about kosher caterers, short insomniacs, and hypochondriacs

The Man with the $50,000 Beard

How a cantor became an American music legend

Fall From Grace

In 1843, British novelist Grace Aguilar was a household name on both sides of the Atlantic. So how come we’ve never heard of her?

What I Am Going to Write This Summer

Time has arrived to rock the world of fiction

On Literary Love

What happens when the writer you admire most becomes your friend?

Camoin Among the Savages

Amid the clang of a Vegas casino, I found a literary hero


A century ago, S. Ansky breathed new life into a shtetl folktale. His play, The Dybbuk, still captures creative minds.

Immediate Identification

Finding things in common with a boy from old L

Firmly in the Fold

S. Yizhar harangued and criticized the country he loved

Land of the Lost

Michael Chabon’s new novel depicts a frozen homeland where beat cops speak Yiddish, snack on blintzes, and chase Hasidic gangsters

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