Before the Revolution Explores the Sheltered Fantasy Lives Led by Israelis in Iran

Dan Shadur talks about his new documentary about life under the Shah, and his parents’ golden years in Tehran

The Rock Star’s Guide to Eating, Praying, and Loving in the High Security State of Israel

Why Justin Bieber, Elton John, Madonna, and, yes, Alicia Keys, love to play Tel Aviv—and why Israel loves them back

Alice Walker’s Purple Prose: Why the Novelist’s Attack on Alicia Keys Is All Wrong

The ‘Color Purple’ author showed more than just naivete in penning an open letter to the pop star. She also showed ignorance.

It’s Woody Allen’s Fault

Noah Baumbach’s new Frances Ha shows the fate of a generation enamored of the nebbishy narcissist

Big Jew-Off at Cannes

European cineastes clash with American ironists and shlock-meisters at the film-world’s biggest hoedown

TV Is for Dummies

Stop comparing television shows to great novels. They’ll never be as good.

The Jew in Bridget Jones

Helen Fielding’s heroine isn’t Jewish, but her internal conflict is acutely familiar to Jewish women

Arendt’s Affair

The woman with the sharpest insight into the philosopher’s love for Heidegger had a parallel history

The Mythmakers

Rachel Kushner’s new novel The Flamethrowers is overly cool and stylish. So, why do the critics swoon for her?

Hot 97’s Morning Jew: An Interview With Peter Rosenberg

Peter Rosenberg, rap purist and host of Summer Jam, talks about the music he loves and his Jewish identity

Hannah Arendt, Guilty Pleasure

Thrill to the Jewish Philosopher Queen as she does battle with boring Nazis, The New Yorker, and Mossad

Our Arrested Development

The Bluths, returning this weekend for a fourth season, are the Jewish world’s archetypal family

The Napkin Artist

Remembering Yiddishist, linguistics scholar, Holocaust survivor, and painter Edward Stankiewicz, who died this year

Dangling Men

Saul Bellow was a complicated father to his three sons. In a new book, the eldest tries to parse his inheritance.

Sitting Shiva for Smash

The show’s demise is a blow for musical theater—the art that incorporates virtually every other form of art

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