Friends and Politics, Part 2: Irving Howe. The prominent critic and I worked on Yiddish translations together, but a dispute over Israel and its Arab neighbors ruptured our relationship—until we reconnected over literature.
Friends and Politics, Part 1: Saul Bellow. The Nobel Prize-winner and I shared a love of literature and of Yiddish, but our friendship was tested by decades-long disagreements over politics.
On the late Lou Reed’s 69th birthday, Elizabeth Wurtzel explained that contrary to the assertions of Philip Roth and others, the problem with Jewish male artists is not that they are too nice
Israeli clarinetist Anat Cohen, a master of expressive improvisation, leads a talented wave of expatriate musicians flooding the New York jazz scene
Is it wrong to build publicly subsidized housing designed for New York’s ultra-Orthodox community?
Sukkah City, in New York’s Union Square, was my attempt to bring Sukkot the attention it deserves
Plus Israel may have more time with Iran, and more in the news
There are thousands of destitute Holocaust survivors living in the New York area
David Berman and his father’s sins
Cordoba House is like a JCC for Muslims
Real-life Orthodox drug kingpin arrested
Exhibit by Brooklyn artist on display now
The 19th-century murder scandal that ended the reign of New York’s Sephardic aristocracy
The five best potato pancakes in New York City
Bike lane disappears in Brooklyn after months of Hasidic complaints
The New York-Montreal deathmatch
But did it?
Plus a break for Baltimore’s Jewish paper, Yiddish flu-prevention, and more
The end of New York’s Jewish voting bloc, plus Israel on Iran, a Chinese shift on Goldstone, and more in the news
A starving school, an appetite for Israel, and the finer points of slaughter
N.Y. pols abandon J Street, a rough pageant, and a would-be Jewish state
Perennial prize-winners, fear of Christ, and Gibson’s luck
In New York City, the holiday huts come to you
But Natalie Portman shines in new film
And a quarter of them are Jews
No ‘Intifada’ in NYC, ugly Croatian soccer chants
A Manhattan couple repairs the world—five kids at a time
On a lifetime of being thought Jewish
Mayor seeks campaign workers. Yiddish preferred.
Madonna the columnist, the Coen Bros., and more