Arts & Culture

The late statesman’s supposed knowledge of Yiddish bordered on the mythic. And myth it was, for his admirers routinely exaggerated his facility with the language.

Nov. 17 2021 12:01AM

In his new essay collection, my friend Hillel Halkin offers an autobiographical overview, unorthodoxly given, in a lifetime’s worth of literary attempts.

Nov. 8 2021 12:01AM

In some cases, changes were minor. In others, Yiddish phrases were transformed nearly beyond recognition.

Nov. 3 2021 12:01AM

A professor of Jewish art finds himself turning from one explanation of a puzzling drawing found in an old manuscript to another—and then possibly back again.

Oct. 12 2021 12:25AM

The Israeli director and the American rabbi team up to discuss her groundbreaking film about marriage and Jewish life.

Sept. 23 2021 1:02AM

The eminent writer joins us to reveal the Jewish dimensions of her latest book.

Aug. 13 2021 12:01AM

“The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus and “The Silver Platter” by Natan Alterman distill, reinforce, and hallow what makes each nation distinctive.

June 16 2021 12:01AM

A newly rediscovered 1938 novel offers one man’s examination of how and why the single word “Jew” has come to define him.

May 5 2021 12:01AM

Quite a few masculine and feminine Hebrew words, when pluralized, take the form of the opposite gender. Why?

April 28 2021 12:01AM

Once a month in Manhattan, a small group of committed collectors gather to share their latest finds, identify fakes, pass on knowledge, and share in the arts of material remembering.

April 26 2021 12:50AM

The Jewish Soul: Classics of Yiddish Cinema, a recent collection from a major distributor, adds to the canon of Jewish movies in fascinating new ways.

April 19 2021 12:01AM

Meir Soloveichik explains how the seder’s four cups of wine elevate the holiday, while two enthusiasts recommend their favorite wines from the great regions of Jewish viticulture.

March 22 2021 12:01AM

A set of Torah shields recently exhibited by Sotheby’s isn’t just beautiful—it also contains a hidden biblical portrait of the court Jew’s inner conflict.

Feb. 10 2021 12:01AM

Historian, ambassador, public servant—Oren’s done it all. Now, after the publication of a new book of fiction, he joins us to talk about his multifaceted career.

Jan. 22 2021 12:01AM