All in the Family

Why is Mike Leigh’s family drama less powerful than Everybody Loves Raymond?

Faking It

When girls want to know how Stacy Friedman’s bat mitzvah compares with my own, I need to be armed with answers.

Character Flaw

Fagin’s dearest companions have been villains and thieves. This time Roman Polanski makes him a victim.

A Novel Ending

Liev Schreiber pulls a switch on Everything Is Illuminated

Flood Watcher

Fiction echoes the nightly news

Poet, Warrior, King

In The Life of David, the first book in Nextbook’s Jewish Encounters series, Robert Pinsky examines the legacy of one of the Bible’s most compelling figures

Maimonides: Prologue

Maimonides: Reader’s Guide

Translating and Transmitting the Law

The Life of David: Chapter One

The Life of David: Reader’s Guide

Fathers, Sons, Brothers, and Heirs

The Odd-Bod

In literary London, Elias Canetti was everybody’s favorite refugee

Piperno’s Complaint

Italy’s new literary It Boy takes more than one page out of Philip Roth

Ethnic Sampling

Madonna, Gwen Stefani, and the pliability of Jewish music

Going It Alone

One-person shows dominate the Fringe festival

Let’s Get Lost

Rebecca Solnit wanders and ponders landscapes haunted by Walter Benjamin and Leopold Bloom

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