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May, 2014

The Retrospective

Bad Israeli Blood in a Holy Spanish City

By On May 29, 2014

In master novelist A.B. Yehoshua’s most recent book, The Retrospective (published in Israel in 2011), Yair Moses, an aging Israeli film director, arrives in the holy city of Santiago de Compostela for a retrospective of his… Read More

Don't Kick the Redhead!

A Love Song to the Jewish Redhead

By On May 28, 2014

Whether lionized or demonized, redheads seem to hold an outsize place in the Jewish imagination. Sometimes called “Ginger Jews,” Jewish redheads have inspired a great number of origin stories, including speculation that they… Read More


The Talmud of Star Trek

By On May 26, 2014

The Talmud says that killing a single person is like destroying the entire world. In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “The Inner Light” (1992), writer Morgan Gendel took the concept literally. Inspired… Read More


The Pre-Hitler International Yiddish Culture Club

By On May 21, 2014

Ah, the soothing poetry of a Jewish intellectual on a mission: “To assist in creating a new Yiddish secular culture, in Jewish national forms, with the living forces of the broad Jewish… Read More


Tijuana, Mexico’s Border-Crossing Jewish Kids

By On May 19, 2014

You might think a New York City family is making a sacrifice by renting a second apartment so their child can attend a high-ranking public school school—but try driving your kid across the U.S.-Mexico border… Read More


The Jewish Mother of Modern Acting

By On May 16, 2014

Legendary actor and acting teacher Stella Adler was put onstage as soon as she could walk and never left. The newly released first biography of Adler (written by yours truly) explores how the daughter… Read More


A New Romantic Comedy for the Manhattan Jewish Set

By On May 14, 2014

“There are two types of people in the world. Those the sun shines on, and there are those who sell lox.” Walter “Putzel” Himmelstein is clearly one of the latter. At “30-ish,”… Read More


Jews: Not Funny Anymore

By On May 12, 2014

You want we should make you laugh? “Too late!” says When Jews Were Funny, a new documentary by acclaimed Canadian filmmaker Alan Zweig. Named the Best Canadian Feature Film at its 2013 Toronto… Read More


How Mother’s Day Came to Israel

By On May 9, 2014

On November 14, 1951, an 11-year-old girl named Nechama Frankel wrote to the children’s newspaper Haaretz Shelanu suggesting that Israel adopt the American holiday known as Mother’s Day. The editors agreed, and Israel has been… Read More


The Yiddish Writer and the Siberian Exile

By On May 7, 2014

All manner of genius can be found in the shrouded annals of Soviet Jewish history. Born Pinkhes Kahanovitsch in 1884 Ukraine, Der Nister—the nom de plume meaning “The Hidden One”—was a widely underappreciated Yiddish writer… Read More


The Greatest Soviet Jewish Artist You Never Heard Of

By On May 5, 2014

In a climate that spawned heavyweights like Marc Chagall, Sholem Aleichem, Irving Berlin, and Isaacs Asimov and Babel, it’s no surprise there were yet other Soviet-era Jewish artists who evaded mainstream recognition. El Lissitzky is one such fellow. A… Read More


The Israeli Left Calls Home

By On May 2, 2014

What if there was a cutting-edge news site that delved into thorny social and political issues in the place you live, covering subjects that no one else covers, with writers you’d love… Read More