You won’t find much of it at the Jewish Museum, but a vibrant Jewish art culture does exist—and needs support.
Not packaged, not square, not oven-baked: that’s what it wasn’t. But what it was and where the name for it comes from is still something of a mystery.
A few months ago, I was approached with a request to become involved in a then-secret mission: to examine one of the very few high-medieval Haggadahs still in private hands.
When he learned just how much power the likes of Richard Dawkins had amassed, the writer Scott Shay decided to fight back.
The anxiety of criticism.
Post-Holocaust towns populated by biblical ghosts.
Contention was so much a part of modern Yiddish culture that, in any study of that culture, it was all but taken for granted.