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New York Jewish Jazz Genius Bill Charlap Channels Beauty and Truth in 88 Keys

Starting a two-week stand at the Village Vanguard, the lyrical master interprets song for his own purposes

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Jackie Hoffman Stars in ‘On the Town’ Revival

Leonard Bernstein’s classic 1944 musical returns to the Great White Way

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‘Leonard Bernstein: An American Musician,’ by Allen Shawn

In an excerpt from a new biography, the great showman asks, ‘What does music mean?’

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Leonard Bernstein: A New Look at His Rise, His Foibles, and His Impact on Music History

The dynamic conductor and genius behind ‘West Side Story’ also wrote classical works. Allen Shawn explores what they reveal.

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

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

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Leonard Bernstein, My Rabbi

How the Jewish conductor inspired a classical music-loving rabbi

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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?

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The Missing Gustav Mahler Picture

A story about intrigue, music, lineage, and tradition

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The Jewish Objects of New York

Highlighting the Jewish impact on New York City

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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

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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

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Sundown: Saudi Police Open Fire

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

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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.

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Guy Finds Nazi, Maybe

Lawsuit could establish new class of plaintiffs

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Chic Radical

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

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Daybreak: A Jew in Fatah

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

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Jewish Crooks

Our editor ponders Madoff, Dwek, and other shandes

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On the Bookshelf

Soloveitchik, Céline, Salinger, and more

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A Man Possessed

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