Converts

Daniel Levin and Austin Ratner could have been professionals; instead they became novelists

Jazzed Up

New albums find inspiration in the Passover haggadah

Impromptu Fantasias

Inside the world of Benjamin De Casseres: aphorist, diarist, egotist

On the Bookshelf

Jews and Germans, Trotsky, Clarice Lispector

Inglorious Indeed

Tarantino’s ‘Inglourious Basterds,’ a Jewish revenge fantasy, does violence to Jewish morality

Lord of the Ring

How Richard Wagner ousted Giacomo Meyerbeer from the operatic pantheon

Building Bust

The unbuilt synagogues of the Great Depression

Design Without Borders

The twisting, shimmering, and unpredictable universe of Ron Arad

Where Hola Meets the Hora

Bandleader Arturo O’Farrill puts a new spin on a Latin-Jewish classic

G.I. Jew

In Israel, the ‘real American hero’ was a different kind of soldier

Frankfurt on the Hudson

How the fathers of Critical Theory found their way to America

Exceptional Spiritedness

A writer-lawyer tackles Primo Levi’s tangled life and legacy

The Jewish Fringe

A look at four plays from New York’s Fringe Festival

On the Bookshelf

Going nuts, draft dodging, and Louis Brandeis

On Cinematography

Susan Sontag, in a rare turn as filmmaker, visited a traumatized Israel in 1973

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