On the Bookshelf

Crusaders, myths, thrillers, and more

Mommies Dearest

In Daniel Burman’s first play, a son tries to escape his mother’s grasp

The Mute Stones

Once bustling, and long silent, Krakow’s streets sing anew

The Literatures of the Two Easts

Are Hasidism and Zen Buddhism kindred movements?

Rags and Riches

What the new Tin Pan Alley Rag teaches us about Irving Berlin and the other Jews who wrote the American songbook

Capital Growth

An exhibition examines Washington’s Jewish life during the Civil War

Far and Away

A new book amasses the varied tales of those who fled the Third Reich

On the Bookshelf

On writing in Hebrew, Primo Levi, and endless love

Letter From Krakow

At annual culture festival, Jewishness is abundant; Jews, scarce

Rooted Cosmopolitanism

How Daniel Mendelsohn’s translations from the Greek illuminate his Jewishness


A documentary examines the life of Gertrude Berg, the driving force behind TV’s The Goldbergs

Pews You Can Use

An Israeli choreographer turns a venerable Berlin shul into a performance space

Idol Chatter

In his essays, Leonard Michaels worried about the line between art and the profane

On the Bookshelf

What makes a Jew: Family? Community? Books?


Remembering Harvey Kurtzman, the genius behind MAD Magazine

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