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

Crazy Talk

Jonathan Goldstein riffs on his Hebrew name, gifted students, space aliens, and other things he thinks you should know about him.

Broad Strokes

The Jewish Museum avoids making Modigliani into his generation’s Jim Morrison, but does it paint itself into a corner with another cliché?

Budapest Gadfly

While most of his peers associate their heritage only with suffering, G

Hidden Sympathies

A dubious portrait of Shostakovich as dissident has been debunked, but motifs in his work underscore his discord with Soviet power.

Up Close and Personal?

When Walter Abish wrote about Germany sight unseen, critics tried to explain him. Does his memoir make him any easier to read?

Faith in the Agnostic State

As Europe wrestles with the preamble to its constitution, Joseph Weiler is fighting for an acknowledgement of the continent’s Christian past.

Survivor Challenge

Ten years after Jerry Seinfeld got caught necking during Schindler’s List, reverence for the Holocaust still makes Larry David squirm

Mommie Dearest

Russia may torment Pavel Lounguine, but the filmmaker can’t help himself. He keeps returning to explore their messy relationship.

In the Company of Strangers

Why does Antonio Mu

Fiddler Crabs

Preemptive strikes denounced an “ethnically cleansed” revival, and critics took the bait. But does nostalgia really honor tradition?

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