Give ‘Em Hecht

A young Chicago newspaperman thought he was perfect for the part of his hero

House of the Holy

When you’re called God, the pressure for genius is titanic

Stompin’ at the Savoy

A picture-book writer learns the identity-politics dance

Sketches of Spain

Marcel Cohen’s Ladino lament. Plus: an excerpt from his letter to Antonio Saura.

No Accounting for Taste

Testing the limits of irreverence at the Seder table and a German synagogue

So Long Nasty

The Beastie Boys grew up, and so did I

I Touch a Nerve

Some readers think there’s no room at the Inn at Lake Devine for intermarriage

Lullaby of Birdland

An Israeli expat tells Charlie Parker about the shofar

Writer Resurrected

Yoram Kaniuk on his battles for health and recognition

Showtime at the Apollo

Idan Raichel mixes traditional Ethiopian music, prayers, and funky beats to create dance tracks that speak to young Israelis

Waiting for Bessie

Seven decades after Stella Adler originated the role, will Clifford Odets’ Bronx matriarch be harder to digest, or easier to dismiss?

No More Tears

Journeyman actor Bernard Rachelle gets his big break, and a chance to improv with Denzel, in The Inside Man

Those Ukraine Girls

The Real World: Key West features two Jewish cast members: After all the boozing and broken hearts will they end up together?

Melting Point

British playwright Israel Zangwill coined America’s most enduring metaphor as his reputation dissolved in controversy

Sincerity Now!

Maus, Tom and Jerry, and the dawning of a new age

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