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Four-Letter Words: Why Jews Have Led the Making and Defense of Obscenity in America

Does sexually graphic material help Jewish continuity? ‘Unclean Lips’ argues for the unseemliness of Bruce, Roth, and their ilk.

Thanksgivukkah Was Made for a Jewish Rapping Sous Chef From Queens

Action Bronson and his celebratory one-man carnival make the new ‘Blue Chips 2’ tasty ear-stuffing

One of the Most Remarkable Books About the Holocaust Was Just Published

In Slavko Goldstein’s newly translated ‘1941,’ Nazi-backed fascists tear through the Balkans. Yugoslavia never recovered.

Sephardic Singer Flory Jagoda Keeps the Music of Her Prewar Bosnian Childhood Alive

The composer of the beloved Hanukkah song ‘Ocho Kandelikas’ shares stories and melodies from her past

People’s Sexiest Man Alive Is Adam Levine. Good for the Jews? Hint: No.

The Tattler: Out of the thousands of perfectly nice Adam Levines out there, they had to pick that one

Coen Bros. Torture Another Schlemiel While Imagining They Are Dylan’s True Heirs

‘Inside Llewyn Davis,’ opening December 6, pits the existential victim against the very possibility of Jewish success

Potty-Mouthed Queen of the Jews, Sarah Silverman Does Something Special on HBO

The intimate, obscene, lovable, fearless stand-up of ‘We Are Miracles’ shows the comedian at her sweet, shameless best

Papers, Please: A Video Game With No Shootouts or Theft—Only the Banality of Evil

New indie hit has players make life-and-death decisions with nothing more than a desk and a set of stamps

Alberto Manguel and the Library of Babel

The Argentinian-born man of letters, cosmopolitan defender of books and reading, is exiled to a world of his own making

Why the Germans Haven’t Returned $1 Billion Worth of Nazi-Looted Paintings

Munich authorities seem more interested in protecting an art dealer than in returning stolen works to their rightful heirs

Famous People’s Reflections on Being Jewish, Now Rendered on Stage, in Song

Interviews with Sarah Jessica Parker, Tony Kushner, Leonard Nimoy, and others provide material for an affecting new show

All That Is Solid Melts Into Berman: The Unkempt Emperor of New York Intellectuals

The late political theorist, Marxist philosopher, and urbanist, who died this year, was my teacher and spiritual guide

Q&A With Art Spiegelman, Creator of ‘Maus’

The influential artist talks about his Jewish Museum retrospective, ‘Mad magazine, and how the Shoah trumps art all of the time

Lanzmann’s ‘The Last of the Unjust’ Portrays the Judenrat as Moral Heroes of the Shoah

In a candid conversation, the great filmmaker considers his Jewish Orpheus, banality, and his final word

The Most Fascinating Novel About Israel You’ll Read This Year

Don’t believe the hype: Max Blumenthal’s ‘Goliath is a brilliant work of fiction about those who want the Jewish state to disappear

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