More of the Jewish tradition is vanishing in present conditions of security and prosperity than ever vanished in past conditions of oppression and poverty
‘The Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook’ offers insight into the city’s prewar culinary scene—and pioneering restaurateur Fania Lewando
‘Letters to Afar’ is the latest of an emergent and haunting new form, Jewish material-memory film
YIVO director of education says the language is still very much alive
Auction house offering Auschwitz survivor’s elusive pre-war book for $7,000; copies also available at several libraries
How an academic field—marked by petty fighting, misguided ideological debates, and personal proximity to tragedy—doomed itself
An explosive debate erupts from footnotes suggesting that Ashkenazi Jews are Europeans
Soviet dissident and Freedom Prize winner Josef Zissels becomes a Ukrainian Jew
The reVILNA digital mapping project seeks to restore the lives that were lived before they became anonymous victims
Plus what the ‘knaidel’ debate says about us, poverty in Israel, and more
Did Zosa Szajkowski save precious documents from the Nazis, or did he steal the cultural patrimony of French Jews?
Plus Christine Quinn weighs the pros and cons of a Koch endorsement
Sarah Bunin Benor’s new Jewish English Lexicon crowd-sources distinctive contributions to the language
Political theorist Michael Walzer and others argue about the death of the century-long Jewish-Leftist alliance
Until the widow of Yiddish writer Chaim Grade died last year, his archive was kept locked away in their stuffed apartment. Now it’s up for grabs.
Fresh off Booker win, novelist honored with discussion of his latest
Valley on Valley, Hitch on faith, and more
It’s up to the Bronx now
Packing for camp, Ashkenazim online, and more
An online encyclopedia brings the world of Eastern European Jewry to life
Molly Picon’s scrapbooks bring back memories
What a 1942 essay contest revealed about immigrants’ lives, in the Old World and the New
Paul Shapiro’s music is a buffet of treats
A playwright locates her grandfather, a Reds announcer with a voice rootless as the airwaves, with help from Death of a Salesman.