Leonard Bernstein, the Man Behind the Legend of the Jewish Maestro

Homosexuality, Jewishness, and Zionism, in the newly collected letters of the charismatic musician

Leonard Bernstein, My Rabbi

How the Jewish conductor inspired a classical music-loving rabbi

Don’t Ask, Don’t Ask

Artists, particularly in theater, are still plagued by the slur “Gay Commie Jew.” But how did it come about?

The Missing Gustav Mahler Picture

A story about intrigue, music, lineage, and tradition

The Jewish Objects of New York

Highlighting the Jewish impact on New York City

Children’s Books 2011

Need Hanukkah gift ideas? From a tale of a Shabbat princess to a Lower East Side detective story, here are the year’s best Jewish kids’ books

The Art of Making Art

With Stephen Sondheim’s second collection of his lyrics, the hyper-articulate, neurotic, modernist master Broadway songwriter takes a curtain call

Sundown: Saudi Police Open Fire

Plus Rosenblatt’s jeremiad, Peres’s nonsense, and more

Songs of Songs

What are the 100 greatest Jewish songs ever? Tablet Magazine’s musicologists rank them all, from sacred to pop to hip-hop, from Rabbi Akiva to Amy Winehouse.

Guy Finds Nazi, Maybe

Lawsuit could establish new class of plaintiffs

Chic Radical

A new biography is overly impressed by Leonard Bernstein’s liberal politics

Daybreak: A Jew in Fatah

A consul chastised, a tunnel bombed, and more in the news

Jewish Crooks

Our editor ponders Madoff, Dwek, and other shandes

On the Bookshelf

Soloveitchik, Céline, Salinger, and more

A Man Possessed

A visit with the composer who took over where Marc Blitzstein left off

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