Arts and Culture

What's on your mind when you sit in Yom Kippur services? Is it an account of the last year of your shortcomings? Is it just that one that really bothers you? Is it the interminable Yizkor service? How about a painting?Continue reading "The Yom Kippur Surprise Of A Lifetime" at... [...]
Tue, Jan 16, 2018, Continue reading at the source
In early 2017 I decided to use my skills as a photographer for a project close to my heart: to seek out and capture images of the place in Eastern Europe where my Jewish grandfather and namesake Eli (pronounced “Ellie”) had come from. Eli Burg and family, c. 1923 Eli died the [...]
Tue, Jan 16, 2018, Continue reading at the source
There is a small Kosher grocery store that I go to, among others in the Melbourne “ghetto” of East St. Kilda. The immediate area, main drag Carlisle Street, is home to three kosher bakeries, two Judaica stores, a couple of kosher cafes (one of which sells excellent sushi, of course), [...]
Tue, Jan 16, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Some sad news for O.G. Real Houswives of New York City fans, as well as connoisseurs of a particular kind of Jewish masculinity: Bobby Zarin, the undisputed Fabric King of the Lower East Side and husband to former RHONY star Jill Zarin, died this weekend after a long battle with [...]
Tue, Jan 16, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Democracy dies in darkness: Lebanon announced earlier this week that it will not permit public screenings of Steven Spielberg's The Post, because the director had filmed scenes of Schindler's List in Jerusalem, thereby violating The Censorship Committee of the General Security Directorate's “boycott Israel” policy. The Post, starring Tom Hanks [...]
Tue, Jan 16, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Literary critic Adam Kirsch is reading a page of Talmud a day, along with Jews around the world. The last, short chapters of Tractate Shevuot complete the Talmud's treatment of different types of oaths that can be imposed by a court. Specifically, these sections deal with the oaths that must be [...]
Tue, Jan 16, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Thirty years after the release of Broadcast News, the movie looks awfully old-fashioned. Journalists are tethered to telephone cords; reporters use stopwatches to time their voice-overs and production assistants ferry giant videotapes to and fro; shoulder pads are as wide as the generation gap. The first time we see Holly [...]
Tue, Jan 16, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Folks, we've got Jews, we've got news, let's just get into it. Here's what you might've missed this week: Yair Netanyahu, making us proud: “Bro, you have to spot me. My dad made an awesome deal for your dad, bro. He fought, fought in the Knesset for this, bro,” and, “Bro, [...]
Fri, Jan 12, 2018, Continue reading at the source
In Days to Come: A New Hope for IsraelAvraham BurgNation Books 2018, 336 pp, $18.99 Zionism has always been a fiercely ideological movement. Socialist Labor Zionism gave rise to Israel's Labor Party and to many of Israel's best-known leaders, such as David Ben-Gurion, Levi Eshkol, Golda Meir and Yitzhak Rabin. Once Ze'ev [...]
Fri, Jan 12, 2018, Continue reading at the source
This Monday, we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day across the country. While nearly every aspect of the great man's life has been analyzed from every angle, including his relationship with Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and the Jewish community, there are still little-known gems in the archives. One of those is [...]
Fri, Jan 12, 2018, Continue reading at the source
What to do when you're a Chinese technology company with a name no one northwest of Xinjiang can pronounce? Hire the Israeli actress people still address as Gal Ga-DOUGH. Huawei, earth's third-largest smartphone (behind you, Apple and Samsung), not only hired Petah Tikva's finest to promote its new Mate10 Pro [...]
Fri, Jan 12, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Earlier this week Sen. Dianne Feinstein released a partially redacted transcript of Glenn Simpson's Aug. 22, 2017 hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Perhaps it's a coincidence that just last week Simpson himself, co-founder of the Washington, D.C.-based strategic communications firm Fusion GPS that assembled and distributed the now notorious [...]
Fri, Jan 12, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Eternal LifeDara HornW.W. Norton & Company 2018, 256 pp, $25.95 My mother-in-law seemed to have inexhaustible energy, raising eight children while she was a partner in her husband's Chicago bookstore, but she died tragically before her 50th birthday. One of her last afternoons stands out in my memory. I remember watching as [...]
Tue, Jan 09, 2018, Continue reading at the source
What Is It All But Luminous: Notes from an Underground ManArt GarfunkelKnopf 2017, 256 pp, $27.95 “I have these vocal cords. Two,” the singer Art Garfunkel writes near the start of his intriguing book of impressionistic musings about his life, What Is It All but Luminous: Notes from an Underground Man. “They [...]
Tue, Jan 09, 2018, Continue reading at the source
In July 2015, as thousands of Syrians and others fleeing ISIS and civil war thronged into train stations in Germany, German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Rostock, a dingy port city that has seen its share of anti-immigrant violence. There she participated in a routine panel discussion with teenagers on the [...]
Mon, Jan 08, 2018, Continue reading at the source
President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and direct the State Department to begin moving the U.S. embassy there has given rise to a slew of commentary. Some say his decision merely recognizes reality. Others suggest it effectively “puts paid” to the peace process. In [...]
Thu, Jan 04, 2018, Continue reading at the source
What is the role of Jewish law in the life of a Jewish state? The question might seem abstract, but the Knesset has been debating it heatedly for months, often in discussions that deteriorate into shouting matches. Two proposed laws would enhance the influence of “Mishpat Ivri,” or “Jewish law,” [...]
Thu, Jan 04, 2018, Continue reading at the source
What a fascinating time to be a leader who is a woman! (Note to the male bureau chief who once called me into his office to tell me that using an exclamation point is “too feminine.” No, it isn't.) Women are still far from achieving leadership parity in most fields, but [...]
Thu, Jan 04, 2018, Continue reading at the source
The Top 17 Most-Read Stories From 2017 BY ELLEN WEXLER | December 25, 2017 It's been a tumultuous year—and our top stories reflect that. Our readers spent time with a number of our stories on intolerance, injustice and political turmoil. But the rest of our list is an [...]
Mon, Dec 25, 2017, Continue reading at the source
“To Be Cuban and to be Jewish is to be twice survivors.” —Maritza Corrales, The Chosen Island My visit to Cuba in March of 2017 led to a remarkable personal discovery that went against everything I read before the trip. Today, the Jews of Cuba, once called a remnant of the 15,000-strong [...]
Wed, Dec 20, 2017, Continue reading at the source