Lucette Lagnado’s first memoir was dominated by her colorful father. In The Arrogant Years, she plumbs the heartbreaking life of her mother.
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Baruch Lebovits was a convicted sex offender until another man was accused of tampering with witnesses against him. To some ultra-Orthodox leaders, this justifies a reluctance to go to authorities with charges of abuse.
A proposed boycott of Israeli products at the Park Slope Food Coop in Brooklyn, a 38-year-old grocery where political passions run high, is raising worries among its sizable Orthodox Jewish membership
The new Lifetime reality show Russian Dolls portrays the Russian-American Jews of Brighton Beach as celebrating neither America nor their Judaism but the freedom to be stereotypically Russian
An accused pedophile from ultra-Orthodox Brooklyn has never faced trial, thanks in part to a D.A. who had political reasons not to pursue the case
Seduced by lower rents and edgy bars, a former Hasid moves to hipster Brooklyn. But what he gains in nightlife, he loses in camaraderie. What happened to nosy neighbors?
Shomrim—controversial Jewish neighborhood watch groups—patrol the Orthodox enclaves of Brooklyn, where safety’s battles are fought along exclusive ethnic and community lines
Plus, why Assad is still around, the most perfect Brooklyn trend piece, and more
How Commissioner Bud Selig can remake his legacy and cement his Jewishness
Composer and bassist Omer Avital joins American jazz with Israeli and Arab styles, especially Yemeni and Moroccan, to create music with a new and vital connection to a shared Middle Eastern past
I mean, what am I missing?
Plus Medvedev gets warm welcome in Jericho, and more in the news
I turned in my book’s manuscript almost a month ago, but my editor doesn’t seem to have read it yet. It makes a writer wonder what he’s doing instead.
Plus A’jad may have played ball, and more in the news
Fear and loathing in Crown Heights
A Brooklyn rabbi thought he could swindle hedge-fund king Steven Cohen by playing on his Judaism. It was a bad bet.
Plus Abbas is told to keep talks indirect, and more in the news
For slightly oversweetened morality play
Exhibit by Brooklyn artist on display now
‘New York’ covers the Hasid-hipster clash
Catered Seders, phoney matzah, and more
Bravo’s resident Yenta on the next season
We head to Mile End
Plus oh hi Farrakhan, ‘Brooklyn Shore,’ and more in the news
Plus Foreman fight clear for the Bronx, ballet in Brooklyn, and more
Brooklyn Hasids, cyclists debate controversial lane
Does an outer-borough trend have larger meaning?
Blizzard disrupts nude bike lane protest
Plus Brooklyn and Justice Department menorahs, and more