Arts and Culture

When Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, later known as Lenin, was 21, famine hit Russia's Volga region, near the Ulyanovs' hometown of Simbirsk. Vladimir's sister raised money for the relief effort and visited the sick. But Vladimir, nearly alone among Russian radicals, scorned the effort to save lives. The future Lenin hoped [...]
Tue, Oct 24, 2017, Continue reading at the source
I rarely mention one of the most important things I've done in my life. When it does come up, I do my best to quickly move on. The trouble is, most people don't have a frame of reference for understanding it, and so it confuses some and annoys others. But [...]
Mon, Oct 23, 2017, Continue reading at the source
The new documentary Aida's Secrets comes from brothers Alon and Shaul Schwarz, who chronicled their uncle Izak's search for the brother he never knew he had, featuring an emotional reunion between Israeli Izak, Canadian Shep, and their mother Aida, and the exploration of many unexpected developments and histories along the [...]
Mon, Oct 23, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Being a Chabad emissary in Tel Aviv is hardly any easier than it is anywhere else. Sure, you don't have to go around asking people if they're Jewish, but you do have to contend with city hall asking if you've got a permit for those phylacteries: This past Friday, a [...]
Mon, Oct 23, 2017, Continue reading at the source
This may come as a bit of a shock to readers of this magazine, but, in Israel, many things are controversial, including things that really shouldn't be. Like supermodels and their life choices: The newest social media derecho involves one Bar Refaeli, who this weekend gave birth to her second [...]
Mon, Oct 23, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Life in Hamas-governed Gaza is a festering hell, with 96 percent of the strip's water reportedly unsafe to drink, most of its electrical infrastructure having collapsed, and more than 40 percent of its population unemployed. Addressing these issues, the terrorist organization has responded by using children as human shields, embezzling [...]
Mon, Oct 23, 2017, Continue reading at the source
In 1923, Dietirch Gefken was one of the thugs who marched with his idol, Adolf Hitler, as the latter launched his disastrous Beer Hall Putsch. He was the sort of gentleman who was not above killing the occasional foe or throwing acid in the faces of those who had irked [...]
Mon, Oct 23, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Later this week, Yad Vashem will for the first time recognize an Arab, Dr. Mohamed Helmy, as a Righteous Among the Nations for saving the lives of four of his Jewish friends in the Holocaust. An Egyptian urologist who moved to Berlin in 1922, Dr. Helmy was working for the [...]
Mon, Oct 23, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Histories written about the “Great Immigration” of 2 million Russian Jews to the United States during the years 1881–1914, all cite Russian oppression, poverty, and pogroms as central reasons for the exodus. But another salient cause is rarely noted or publicized: the restrictive, self-interested, and anti-democratic leadership of their own [...]
Mon, Oct 23, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Judging by her Instagram feed, one would guess Melissa Weller is a nice Jewish baker and a nice Jewish girl. She dutifully posts appropriate pastries on appropriate days (“Happy New Year! #honeycake” reads one caption dated Sept. 21), and other Jewish baked goods on regular old days, just because. There [...]
Mon, Oct 23, 2017, Continue reading at the source
In 2010, Rob Densen's wife was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer. The doctors gave her 36 weeks to live, but she lived for 40 months. “She had a genetic mutation for which there was a targeted therapy,” says Densen. “We got that time because 10 or 15 years earlier, [...]
Thu, Oct 12, 2017, Continue reading at the source
GENETICS Tell Us: Have You Been Tested for the BRCA Mutations? BY ELLEN WEXLER | October 10, 2017 This October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In our latest issue, we wrote about genetic diseases that affect those of Jewish ancestry. That includes, of course, the BRCA mutations. Those [...]
Tue, Oct 10, 2017, Continue reading at the source
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Insider | Funny | Traveler | Books & Culture | Eater Moment‘s newsletters bundle the best in current events, humor, travel and cuisine. Pick your favorite or sign up for all five! The Ten Commandments are appropriately easy to understand, except for Number Ten. The prohibition on chamad (“coveting”) baffles. [...]
Tue, Oct 10, 2017, Continue reading at the source
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Insider | Funny | Traveler | Books & Culture | Eater Moment‘s newsletters bundle the best in current events, humor, travel and cuisine. Pick your favorite or sign up for all five! Welcome back to The Thermometer Interview, a series of conversations testing the temperature of Europe. September's German election saw [...]
Tue, Oct 10, 2017, Continue reading at the source
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Insider | Funny | Traveler | Books & Culture | Eater Moment‘s newsletters bundle the best in current events, humor, travel and cuisine. Pick your favorite or sign up for all five! Today is a big day in Israel, especially if you are six years old here in the Galilee [...]
Tue, Oct 03, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Jewish Comedy: A Serious historyJeremy DauberW. W. Norton & Company 2017, 384 pp., $28.95 Dear Dan: So glad to be discussing Jeremy Dauber's Jewish Comedy: A Serious History with one of my favorite comedy buffs, one of my top two brothers. You're always pointing out funny stuff—in literature, on YouTube—so maybe you can [...]
Tue, Oct 03, 2017, Continue reading at the source
At the conclusion of Volume One of The Story of the Jews, Europe's Jews were once more scattered to the ends of the known world, after the expulsion en masse from Spain in 1492 and Portugal in 1496. Four years later, Simon Schama returns with the second volume, which takes [...]
Tue, Oct 03, 2017, Continue reading at the source
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Insider | Funny | Traveler | Books & Culture | Eater Moment‘s newsletters bundle the best in current events, humor, travel and cuisine. Pick your favorite or sign up for all five! All this week, images of kneeling NFL players and owners have dominated social media, along with argument and [...]
Fri, Sep 29, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Advertorial Twenty five years ago, Dr. Batsheva Kerem and Dr. Eitan Kerem made a significant contribution to the scientific world's understanding of genetic mutations and cystic fibrosis. Together—with their medical-research teams—they mapped the genetic mutation profile of cystic fibrosis among different Jewish ethnic groups in Israel. Since then, life expectancy [...]
Thu, Sep 28, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Sayed Kashua speaking at Georgetown University. (Isabelle Monahan) At Georgetown University, where Sayed Kashua is speaking about his dual identity as a Palestinian living in Israel, a clean-cut student stands up and introduces himself as an Israeli Jew. “So, on one hand I agree with you, Israeli society is very racist [...]
Thu, Sep 28, 2017, Continue reading at the source