The Bathtub Kabbalah of J.D. Salinger

Two new biographical sketches depict the great recluse as agent of growth, emblem of permanent adolescence, and cipher

Joaquin Phoenix Is His Doppelganger

Director James Gray talks about basing ‘The Immigrant’ on his own family history on the Lower East Side

Did a French Comedian Inspire the Killings at the Jewish Museum in Brussels?

Links between Dieudonné, the Belgian anti-Semite Laurent Louis, and Iran show how anti-Semitism is spreading in Europe

‘Jabotinsky: A Life,’ by Hillel Halkin

An excerpt from a new biography of Vladimir Jabotinsky, the founder of right-wing Zionism

The Jewish Museum Trivializes the Jewish Giant

Curators turn Diane Arbus’ iconic photograph of Eddie Carmel at home into a stereotype

Four-Letter Word for Cutting Your Son’s Penis

Indie crossword king Ben Tausig’s delightful re-invention of the puzzle keeps the form alive in its 100th year

The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree

A newly reissued short story from the under-appreciated late writer revives Jewish Toronto of the 1930s

Comedy Isn’t Kosher, but It Can Be Funny

How observant Jewish funnymen (and -women) navigate the line between irreverence and devotion

Joshua Ferris Takes on All Kinds of Decay in His Ambitious New Novel

‘To Rise Again at a Decent Hour’ wrestles with faith, community, baseball, and what it means to refuse to fill your cavities

When Hollywood Was Scared To Depict Anti-Semitism, It Made ‘Gentleman’s Agreement’

Screening this week on TCM, Elia Kazan’s film is a remarkable document of a vanished era of American Jewish life

Is Chaim Soutine the Great Overlooked Jewish Painter of Modernity?

A new gallery show helps reassess the Lithuanian-born artist’s important work—and reveals it as anything but tragic

Seth Rogen Exemplifies the Jewish Journey From Chosen People to Just Showing Up

Beer and loafing in Las Vegas, on the heels of the everyman star of the new stoner man-child comedy ‘Neighbors’

Is It OK To Dance After the Holocaust? Absolutely, Says the Band Golem

The klezmer punk rockers cover lots of ground on their rollicking new album, ‘Tanz.’ They want you to get crazy to all of it.

Tuvia Ruebner Never Stops Mourning the Lost

New English translations of the 90-year-old’s Israel Prize-winning work remind us why he’s the doyen of postwar poets

Rivka Galchen Is Not Your Mommy

The thirtysomething characters in ‘American Innovations,’ her vital, intelligent, new collection of stories, have trouble growing up

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