Arts and Culture

The firing of Wall Street Journal correspondent Jay Solomon is the rare media story with potential real-world consequences. As the Associated Press reported this week, one of Solomon's sources, an Iranian-American businessman (and sometimes-CIA gun-runner) named Farhad Azima, had offered the journalist a 10 percent stake in an inevitably-failed defense [...]
Fri, Jun 23, 2017, Continue reading at the source
The firing of Wall Street Journal correspondent Jay Solomon is the rare media story with potential real-world consequences. As the Associated Press reported this week, one of Solomon's sources, an Iranian-American businessman (and sometimes-CIA gun-runner) named Farhad Azima, had offered the journalist a 10 percent stake in an inevitably-failed defense [...]
Fri, Jun 23, 2017, Continue reading at the source
The word melech means king in Hebrew, but there's nothing too precious or pompous about Melech Zilbershlag, a 20-year-old, kippah-clad Israeli who's quickly becoming a Hebrew-language YouTube sensation. His fast-talking yet eloquent demeanor is helping to bridge the gap of understanding between Orthodox and the secular cultures in his country. Zilbershlag's [...]
Fri, Jun 23, 2017, Continue reading at the source
“Millions: Migrants and Millionaires Aboard the Great Liners,” a new exhibit at the South Street Seaport Museum, compares the journeys of immigrants and millionaires cruising into New York Harbor at the turn of the century. It's a smart idea for a show—the timing, of course, could not be more apt, [...]
Fri, Jun 23, 2017, Continue reading at the source
June is a great opportunity to celebrate Pride, but the gay rights movement cannot be contained to just one month. There are number of other events throughout the year, like Bisexual Awareness Week in September, National Coming Out Day in October, and the student-led Day of Silence in April, intended [...]
Fri, Jun 23, 2017, Continue reading at the source
As a patriotic Israeli expatriate of noble proportions, I have reacted to reports of my native cuisine's moment as the darling of New York's sanguinolent restaurant scene with pangs of pride and hunger. I was familiar, of course, with the field's luminaries, patricians of the pita like Einat Admony and [...]
Fri, Jun 23, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Jewish gender norms were a source of pain in my life since I was a child. Twenty years ago, when I was 10, I was given a handout of occupations in Hebrew class. The table was divided by men's and women's word forms, because Hebrew nouns reflect gender: e.g., moreh [...]
Fri, Jun 23, 2017, Continue reading at the source
After 18 months in captivity in North Korea, Otto Warmbier was finally returned to U.S. authorities, and to his family—in a coma with extensive brain damage. He died on Monday just 6 days after his release. He was 22. On Thursday, Warmbier was buried today in Cincinnati, Ohio, his hometown. A [...]
Thu, Jun 22, 2017, Continue reading at the source
After 18 months in captivity in North Korea, Otto Warmbier was finally returned to U.S. authorities, and to his family—in a coma with extensive brain damage (North Korea denies torturing him). He died on Monday just six days after his release. Warmbier was buried in Cincinnati, Ohio, his hometown, today. [...]
Thu, Jun 22, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Inside a room at Congregation Rodeph Sholom, a large Reform synagogue on Manhattan's Upper West Side, a group of people of various different ages, gender identities, and Jewish backgrounds giggled nervously, gathered in the center and embraced one another. They were symbolically recreating the mikveh ritual, together. Then, they were [...]
Thu, Jun 22, 2017, Continue reading at the source