The irreverent 82-year-old left Orthodox Borough Park long ago. But she’s still wrestling with the rituals of her past.
Her fourth novel, ‘A Guide for the Perplexed,’ reanimates the past without falling into the traps of ‘Shtetlworld’ nostalgia
Two new scholarly books show how even the most neutral academic can feel bound to answer anti-Semites’ demonic vigor in kind
Dan Kaufman and his band Barbez blend jazz, rock, liturgical melodies, and Italian neo-realism on ‘Bella Ciao’
Jonathan Lethem’s new novel ‘Dissident Gardens’ traces three generations of American Jewish radicalism
As Matisyahu tours on ‘Spark Seeker,’ will his pop fans snuff out the spiritual fire that lifted him to the top of the charts?
‘Harmony,’ opening in Atlanta next week, reimagines a famous Weimar-era song-and-dance troupe in major and minor keys
In an excerpt from Thomas Harding’s thrilling ‘Hanns and Rudolf,’ Rudolf Höss is taken prisoner, and beaten
Gabriel Balachsan, found dead this week at age 37, turned a troubled interior life into powerful art
The short-lived Orthodox band made pop and funk the focus of their religious outreach—and then split up
New biographies shed light on the cohort of Germans of Jewish descent who historians have portrayed as having served the Nazis
J.R.R. Tolkien’s foremost and only Yiddish-language translator is part of a new wave of nonscholar enthusiasts
The award-winning director talks about why ‘Afternoon Delight’ begins with a lap dance and ends with Shabbat
The Juggalos, fans of the rap group Insane Clown Posse, are to hip hop what the Hasidic movement was to Judaism
The virtuoso of queer theory’s rhetorically playful and nuanced prose on AIDS, Lana Turner, and the ‘imminence of nothingness’