Straight Story

If the Twelve Step movement comes out of Christian theology, how does a rabbinic rehab center reconcile Judaism and recovery?

Boratty Behavior

Sacha Baron Cohen’s Blues Brothers moment falls flat

Deronda in ’04

When it comes to Daniel Deronda, Henry James got some things right

Play Within a Play

Visual Grammar

Hebrew has no continuous present tense, but Boris Carmi’s images of Israel’s early days have the power to stop time, a friend recalls.

Brooklyn Nights

The joys and sorrows of Harvey Swados’ fiction

Under the Knife

In Jenny Diski’s version of the sacrifice of Isaac, Abraham’s loyalty to God trumps love for his own family and becomes the ultimate betrayal.

Greenwich Mean Time

Punk rocker George Tabb reconnects with his rage in a memoir exposing the dark underbelly of the Connecticut suburbs.

Equal Time

What is the machine that seems to cause book reviewers to swoon over one short story collection and practically ignore another?

Ironing On Irony

Celebrities and trendwatchers have an eye out for T-shirts that play on Jewish identity. Are they celebrating an era of acceptance or anxiety?

Sister Act

For Margo Rabb, college in Indiana brought on culture shock. Now the young adult novelist strikes back with two teen detectives from Queens.

Lobster Necks and Red Balloons

Sholem Aleichem’s fame rescued his family from war-torn Odessa. His granddaughter went back to gaze at her “jewel on the sea.”

Slights Unseen

A dozen years ago, critics saw Donald Margulies bring a Philip Roth character to the stage. Some scenes have aged better than others.

Coat of Many Colors

Sometimes mistaken for an Israeli, novelist Danzy Senna crafts biracial heroines who try on and shrug off cloaks of identity

Off Broadway

A critic lambasts Tony Kushner as a self-loathing Jew for Caroline, or Change

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