Understudy

The new production of Don Giovanni at the Metropolitan Opera is well cast but marred by poor conducting

Imaginary Homeland

Visiting Poland—the country where my mother was born—upended the black-and-white fantasy I had created in my mind

Fishing

Critical View: Shai Azoulay—headlining a show with sculptor Reuven Israel at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art—sets a white donkey adrift in a desert sea

Children’s Books

Elie Wiesel’s Night and Jerzy Kosinski’s The Painted Bird established the child’s perspective as a useful lens for confronting the Holocaust

Looming Threat

By refusing to directly confront Iran’s provocations, the United States has become the Islamic Republic’s key ally in its march toward a nuclear bomb

Off the Greed

The Occupy Wall Street protesters should look to Oliver Stone’s Wall Street for lessons in the practical and moral lessons of avarice

One Percent

Anti-Semites are a tiny fringe at the Occupy Wall Street protests. But an inability to quiet them shows the limitations of a leaderless movement.

Who by What? Bob Dylan, Jeff Buckley, Leonard Cohen, and U’netaneh Tokef

Bob Dylan, Jeff Buckley, Leonard Cohen, U’netaneh Tokef: On Yom Kippur, finding redemption is a matter of laying down the right soundtrack

Sorry God

It’s the time of year for apologies, but not everyone has forgiveness on their mind. An argument for not saying sorry until God does.

Yizkor, Book: On Yom Kippur, Offering a Blessing for the Life and Death of Books

On Yom Kippur, a day of remembrance, offering a blessing for the life and death of books

Real Deal

Jews in a mostly black genre, the Beastie Boys are nevertheless one of the only acts making authentic hip-hop, as their classic Licensed to Ill proves

Stormy Weather

When an old frenemy gets back in touch, it raises the point crucial to Yom Kippur: Forgiveness doesn’t always fix everything, and that’s fine.

State of the Union

After Barack Obama’s rejection of the Palestinian U.N. statehood move last week, Israeli envoy Michael Oren sees the U.S.-Israel relationship as strong

Revenge of the Nerds

Video games are the medium of revenge, and for Israeli boys killing Hitler in Wolfenstein, that meant addressing some deep traumas

Reprise

My father would chant Torah on Rosh Hashanah’s second day—the binding of Isaac. The holiday reminds me of him and his beloved Mahler symphonies.

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