Arts & Culture

A new hasidic art gallery grows in Brooklyn and is already bucking stereotypes. Can it survive, and what does it suggest about contemporary Orthodox life?

Feb. 17 2022 12:01AM

Despite extensive similarities, few readers have studied Genesis together with the Odyssey in hopes of illuminating the human condition. What lies waiting to be discovered?

Jan. 5 2022 12:01AM

Of all the expletives, the f-word alone continues to be partially censored. Perhaps that’s because it still connotes menace in a way that other expletives do not.

Dec. 22 2021 12:01AM

At a public bath in east London, three of the city’s most insular groups—cockneys, Russian immigrants, and ḥasidic Jews—sweat together in peace. How?

Dec. 20 2021 12:01AM

Four more of our writers pick several favorites each, featuring two Ruths, passengers, Lincoln, Verdun, chief rabbis, Jewish Montreal, sweet spots, a fortress, and more.

Dec. 15 2021 12:01AM

Five of our writers pick several favorites each, featuring a duke’s children, Jewish treasures, zealots and emancipators, revolts, dual allegiances, spies, and more.

Dec. 14 2021 12:25AM

The great Russian Jewish writer was caught between revolution and daily life, Bolsheviks and Jews, a desire to kill and an inability to pull the trigger. Did he ever choose?

Dec. 6 2021 12:01AM

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