Purim reminds us it’s unusual for Jews to indulge in recreational boozing—one reason Polish nobles liked having them run taverns
In Lahore a Facebook group dedicated to atheists and agnostics serves a silent minority in the world’s other religious nation-state
But now the country’s Jewish community is divided between those lining up with Moscow and those joining the revolution in Kiev
Dudu Tassa immerses himself in the Arabic music of his late grandfather and reinterprets it for modern audiences
Peter and Martine Halban run England’s most cosmopolitan and finely curated Jewish and Middle Eastern-themed literary press
Somehow, the mangling of the Broadway actress’s name may be the best thing to happen to her underappreciated career
Why read the Talmud as a secular Jew? In part, for its expression of an independent Jewish creativity and spirituality.
We publish a comic holiday newsletter for our friends. Recently it started to feel like work, until I learned the meaning of ‘mitzvah.’
After reading my book out loud, I finally accepted the truth: I’m just not an oral tradition kind of guy
Filmmaker Pierre Sauvage and the daughter of Holocaust rescuer Peter Bergson talk about people who put their lives at risk to save others
Alison Klayman went to China and found her big break. The documentary she made there, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, premiered at Sundance.
Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List is both a moral and an aesthetic disaster, an embodiment of much that is wrong with American-Jewish life
Nearly 50 years after Walt Disney’s death, biographers and fans still debate if he was an anti-Semite. A better question might be why we still care.
Day 5, Nos. 5 to 1: Annie Hall is for lovers, Sunset Boulevard is brutally candid, and E.T. is the greatest Jewish film of all
Day 4, Nos. 25 to 6: Meet the Parents makes intermarriage OK, Ghostbusters explores Jewish theology, and The Graduate goes just around the bend
Day 3, Nos. 50 to 26: Exodus is Zionist agitprop, The Social Network revisits the creation myth, Funny Girl is a nesting doll of Jewish womanhood
Day 2, Nos. 75 to 51: Barton Fink is the greatest Jewish noir, Heathers is a classic morality play, and Jeff Goldblum is, well, Jeff Goldblum
Despite his notorious pro-Hitler comments at Cannes, Lars von Trier is more of a Jew than he knows and Melancholia a more Jewish movie than he realizes
What makes a Jewish film? To open our 100 Greatest Jewish Films week, critics A.O. Scott and Jody Rosen talk about movies from Abie’s Irish Rose to Zelig.
Schindler’s List is astoundingly stupid, Inglourious Basterds is cartoonishly potent, and more in our list of the greatest Jewish movies of all time
Agnieszka Holland’s new Holocaust film, In Darkness, is a quietly moving take on a subject that should be inexhaustible—but isn’t
A 2006 Woody Allen film festival in Manhattan screened more than 30 of the New York master’s movies. One writer tried to go to every one of them.
In a PBS documentary debuting this weekend, comedy guru Robert Weide examines the life and work of Woody Allen, film’s iconic nebbishy New York Jew
Agenda: A “Jew Wave” hits Lincoln Center, 3 Cohens play the Village Vanguard, Yiddishkeit in San Francisco, dance in Tel Aviv, and more
Leo Bretholz was set to testify on behalf of proposed Maryland law this week
The 52-year-old man required medical attention but wasn’t seriously injured
Milk and Honey Distillery to produce an Israeli single malt whisky
Gives press conference in front of Navy-intercepted rockets bound for Gaza
Calls for Robert Levinson’s return to U.S. seven years after his disappearance
Life imitates art with announcement timed to the film’s French release
The Purim parody videos have arrived
Tens of thousands flood lower Manhattan to challenge proposed legislation
Jewish heritage archivist and his wife found dead in their Prague apartment
As the 91-year-old Yiddish theater star embarks on a Purim cabaret show, we revisit his appearance on Vox Tablet
Edmund Levin plumbs trial transcripts to examine how one of Russia’s biggest court cases fed on the myth of Jewish malice