The Novelist

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.

No Mr. Nice Guy: Lou Reed

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

Jazz Standards

Israeli clarinetist Anat Cohen, a master of expressive improvisation, leads a talented wave of expatriate musicians flooding the New York jazz scene

Home Front

Is it wrong to build publicly subsidized housing designed for New York’s ultra-Orthodox community?

Rebooth

Sukkah City, in New York’s Union Square, was my attempt to bring Sukkot the attention it deserves

Daybreak: Direct Talks! September!

Plus Israel may have more time with Iran, and more in the news

Survivor

There are thousands of destitute Holocaust survivors living in the New York area

Punk in the Beerlight

David Berman and his father’s sins

Ground Zero for a Fight

Cordoba House is like a JCC for Muslims

Unholy Roller

Real-life Orthodox drug kingpin arrested

‘Hipsters and Hasids’ Finds Parallels Between Two Worlds

Exhibit by Brooklyn artist on display now

A Death in the Family

The 19th-century murder scandal that ended the reign of New York’s Sephardic aristocracy

Top Latkes

The five best potato pancakes in New York City

Did NYC’s Transit Dept Strike a Backroom Deal with Satmars?

Bike lane disappears in Brooklyn after months of Hasidic complaints

Bagel Wars!

The New York-Montreal deathmatch

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