An Intimate View of Two Giants of the Yiddish Stage

April 25 2018

Born in Russian-ruled Lithuania, the actors Joseph Buloff and Luba Kadison both performed in the Vilna Troupe, one of the most celebrated Yiddish theater groups following World War I. Later the two married and settled in America, where they became leading figures on the New York Yiddish stage. Buloff also made a name for himself on Broadway (including in the original run of Oklahoma!) and Hollywood (playing alongside Paul Newman in Somebody Up There Likes Me). Their daughter Barbara Buloff reminisces about her parents here. (Interview by Christa Whitney. Video, 4 minutes.)

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More about: Arts & Culture, Broadway, Hollywood, Joseph Buloff, Yiddish theater

Turkish Reconciliation with Israel Could Happen, but It Won’t Come Easily

Jan. 27 2021

In recent weeks, Ankara has made a variety of gestures that suggest a desire to reestablish its once friendly relations with Jerusalem, which have deteriorated since Recep Tayyip Erdogan came to power in 2002. On Monday, unverified reports circulated in the Western press that Turkey is prepared to expel Hamas, which has had its main base of operations there since 2015. Erdogan’s reasons for seeking to make amends are not hard to divine: he faces a hostile White House, tensions with the European Union, a sputtering economy, and a rocky relationship with his sometimes-patron in Moscow. But, Lazar Berman writes, much has changed since 1949, when Turkey became the first Muslim-majority country to recognize the Jewish state:

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More about: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey