Arts & Culture

In a season of mass protests in Hong Kong and a fierce dustup with the NBA, the acclaimed new Chinese-American film is (almost) silent on the costs of engaging with authoritarianism.

Nov. 5 2019 12:27AM

In 1960s Israel, Arabic-speaking Jews were invaluable as spies for their new country. In normal life, they were marginalized.

Oct. 29 2019 12:01AM

His reputation will fall and rise with his people’s.

Oct. 28 2019 12:01AM

The great theme of his work is resistance to spiritual constraint, the soul’s freedom as the highest value.

Oct. 23 2019 12:01AM

Why, in all of Jewish art, is there no image depicting the moment of Moses’ death?

Oct. 18 2019 12:30AM

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