Arts & Culture

Bellow’s whole career as a writer was devoted to this dichotomy, sometimes veering toward one pole, sometimes toward the other, but never losing sight of both.

Oct. 16 2019 12:01AM

The Jewish writer who became America’s most decorated novelist spent his early years prodding the nation’s soul. Then, sensing danger to it, he took up the role of guardian.

Oct. 7 2019 12:01AM

In The Smoke, the latest from the British writer Simon Ings, “Bundists” turn into grotesque shape-shifters. The implications are at once unclear and unsettling.

Sept. 11 2019 12:01AM

A letter from recently opened archives of the great writer makes clear how seriously he took the language, and by extension a possible move to Palestine.

Aug. 21 2019 12:01AM

The renowned expert on Yiddish literature stops by to talk everything Tevye, Fiddler, Sholem Aleichem, and more.

Aug. 15 2019 12:01AM

Art historians have almost completely ignored the many connections between the great Old Master and the Jews of Venice. Is there more to be said?

July 17 2019 12:01AM

The noted author swings by to talk about the perils and the promises of human mortality.

July 11 2019 12:01AM

Ben Hecht invented the gangster movie. He also prodded Roosevelt into saving thousands of Jews from the Nazis, and marshaled reluctant American Jews into becoming Zionists.

July 3 2019 12:01AM

The great Ḥayyim Naḥman Bialik’s “Scroll of Orpah” retells the story of the book of Ruth from another perspective.

June 7 2019 12:01AM

City Boy: an urban Jewish Tom Sawyer.

Jonathan Karp
June 6 2019 12:01AM

What you notice when returning to your native country after many years away: everyone starts sentences with “So” and ends them with a question mark.

June 5 2019 12:01AM

Exploring the great Argentinian writer’s unusual fascination with Judaism and enthusiasm for the Jewish state.

May 31 2019 12:01AM

The author of “The Wreck of the Jewish Museum” joins us in the studio to expand on his ideas.

May 30 2019 12:01AM

It’s one thing to hold a jazz night in order to draw people into a synagogue building. It’s quite another to show them why the synagogue exists and how it serves its purpose in existing.

May 28 2019 12:01AM