Arts & Culture

The Kingdom Breaks Through the (Smoke) Screen

The Kingdom Breaks Through the (Smoke) Screen
By October 21, 2007

(Welcome, Stumblers!) The Kingdom, still playing in major movie houses, may be the most important recent contribution to the public discussion of U.S.-Saudi relations. Surprisingly and even hearteningly for those who follow developments in the desert monarchy, the film begins … Read More

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The Nation Pans “The Israel Lobby”

The Nation Pans “The Israel Lobby”
By October 19, 2007

What a carnival it has been seeing the liberal-left react to the ungenerous reviews of The Israel Lobby. Surely a sign that knee-jerk charges of anti-Semitism and the reductio ad Hitlerum hobble any substantive debate about Israel – ah, if … Read More

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Diamond in the Rough

Diamond in the Rough
By October 1, 2007

In his new collection, The Family Diamond, Edward Schwarzschild, author of the novel Responsible Men asks if being good is the same as doing the right thing. After all, a person with good intentions, a relatively clear conscience, strong personal … Read More

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Year-Round Cultural Atonement

Year-Round Cultural Atonement
By September 18, 2007

Whether you’re Orthodox or atheist, you’ve no doubt encountered non-Jewish works of art that resonate with fundamentally Jewish teachings about repentance and forgiveness. Yom Kippur asks us to atone for 24 hours straight, which seems like a power cleanse for … Read More

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Music, Moonshine, and Mahjong

Music, Moonshine, and Mahjong
By September 1, 2007

Over the past 18 months, I have dedicated my personal life primarily to researching the facts surrounding the 1927 recording – in St. Paul, Minnesota – of "The Moonshiner’s Dance, Part One," which Harry Smith included as entry 41 within … Read More

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Snapshots: An Excerpt

Snapshots: An Excerpt
By September 1, 2007

Acclaimed author Michal Govrin’s Snapshots, excerpted here for the first time, received Israel’s 2003 AKUM Prize. Govrin’s hybrid text draws from traditional Jewish sources and both modernist and postmodern poetics. The novel’s collage of letters, drawings, and photographs reveals the … Read More

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How to Clean a Fish Tank

How to Clean a Fish Tank
By August 7, 2007

Here’s something most of us will never be able to say: There’s a guy here right now in my house cleaning my 1,000 gallon saltwater aquarium. And go figure, it comes from income.com‘s blog.

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Jews and Pop Culture: If Not Now, When? And if Now, Why?

Jews and Pop Culture: If Not Now, When? And if Now, Why?
By August 1, 2007

Reviewed: Paul Buhle Jews and American Popular Culture Praeger Publishers 2007   Growing up in England, where the “popular” of “popular culture” precluded anything but a couple of token Jewish representatives, I felt that our imports from America were some … Read More

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