Arts and Culture

Literary critic Adam Kirsch is reading a page of Talmud a day, along with Jews around the world. A strange, time-bending moment came in this week's Daf Yomi reading, in the course of the rabbis' extensive discussion of the laws of inheritance. As we saw last week, the order in which [...]
Tue, May 23, 2017, Continue reading at the source
In 1848, while visiting England, Ralph Waldo Emerson heard a rumor about Alfred, Lord Tennyson, soon to become poet laureate and in great demand as a dinner guest. Tennyson had apparently agreed to a country-house weekend on three conditions: that he could smoke in the house, not have to come [...]
Tue, May 23, 2017, Continue reading at the source
According to Peace Now, which is unlikely to undercount the number of existing settlements, there are a total of 131 settlements and 91 outposts in the West Bank. In April 2012, Peace Now reported the establishment of three settlements:Continue reading "Aggressive Surge in Israeli Settlement Activity Under Netanyahu Imperils Trump Peace [...]
Mon, May 22, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Arkady Gendler, “a paragon of the Yiddish revival movement,” has died at age 95. On its Facebook page, the Recording Arkady Gendler project remembered the musician thus: “The friendship, love, and generosity—not to mention the hours and hours of stories, jokes, and songs—that Arkady Gendler shared with us were as [...]
Mon, May 22, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Arkady Gendler, “a paragon of the Yiddish revival movement,” has died at age 95. On its Facebook page, the Recording Arkady Gendler project remembered the musician thus: “The friendship, love, and generosity—not to mention the hours and hours of stories, jokes, and songs—that Arkady Gendler shared with us were as [...]
Mon, May 22, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Adding fuel to the incessant American news fire, a group of students at the University of Guelph in Canada issued a public apology for including Lou Reed's classic anthem of the gender non-comforming demimonde, “Walk On the Wild Side,” on a playlist for a campus event. The reason? The song, [...]
Mon, May 22, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Today in Jerusalem, as part of President Donald Trump's first foreign trip, the Trump family visited the Western Wall. As is traditional, the president donned a yarmulke and placed a note in the wall, while First Lady Melania Trump and First Daughter Ivanka Trump prayed in the women's section. Ivanka, [...]
Mon, May 22, 2017, Continue reading at the source
During her adolescence, Esther Begam lost her entire family in the Holocaust. More than seven decades later, she has received one life milestone the Nazis denied her: a high school diploma. This month, in Plymouth, Minnesota, Begam symbolically graduated alongside the class of 2017 at Wayzata High School, in Plymouth, [...]
Mon, May 22, 2017, Continue reading at the source
The Brighton Beach boardwalk in southern Brooklyn erupted in celebration on Sunday morning, as more than 300 people gathered for a Russian-speaking pride parade on American soil, the first of its kind. The neighborhood known as “Little Odessa” and once largely populated by Soviet Jews is experiencing a significant demographic [...]
Mon, May 22, 2017, Continue reading at the source
LOS ANGELES — The Skirball Cultural Center's Noah's Ark exhibit opened in 2007, but it's still a tough ticket. Visitors have to purchase tickets in advance; admission is timed and time-limited; every time slot sells out; and strings had to be pulled to let a reporter check it out on [...]
Mon, May 22, 2017, Continue reading at the source