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Jews wrestle with pork
Rabbi Jared Saks, of Maine's largest Jewish congregation, no longer subscribes to his religion's most well-known taboo.
Preferably pastured, it’s no longer treif for many locavores
| February 01, 2013
Review: It Is No Dream: The Life of Theodor Herzl
In 50 years, Theodor Herzl predicted in his diary during the First Zionist Congress in Basel in 1897, he would be recognized as the founder of the first Jewish state.
Richard Trank's documentary
| September 07, 2012
Review: Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection
The first of writer/director/producer/star Tyler Perry's Madea movies not based on one of his plays, his sixth outing as the sharp-tongued (but dull-witted) 6'4" Southern black woman is more of a sitcom.
More of Perry's ever-diminishing antics
| July 06, 2012
Happy Rosh Hashanah!
A (sort of) heartwarming story of a Jew and a Muslim.
| September 30, 2011
Review: Sarah's Key
Sarah's Key is a superior "woman in the present becomes obsessed with woman in the past" narrative.
A compelling interplay of tensions
| August 05, 2011
Review: La Rafle
In La Rafle , director Rose Bosch boldly tackles the psyche of Hitler, showing the Führer enjoying the high life with Eva Braun as he instructs his minions to pressure France to hand over its Jews so he can sate his genocidal bloodlust before the Allie
The psyche of Hitler
| July 22, 2011
Performing words written en route to Auschwitz
It is barely conceivable how one woman, at a way station en route to Auschwitz, wrote so ardently of purple lupine.
BY MEGAN GRUMBLING
| April 29, 2011
Oh, the Humanities
The data contained within the following illustration represents the most common words found in the titles of more than 150 doctoral theses in the humanities and social sciences published in 2010.
A word cloud representing 6,574,357 hours of scholarship
| April 29, 2011
From there to Hereville
Hereville , one of the most charming graphic novels published this year, began when alternative-comics artist Barry Deutsch wondered why traditional heroic fantasy stories never featured Jews.
Barry Deutsch's troll-fighting Orthodox Jewish heroine
MICHAEL A. BURSTEIN
| November 05, 2010
Review: A Film Unfinished
Some realities even the best propagandists can't spin.
Documentary reassembles footage discarded by the Nazis
| September 24, 2010
Return to sender
Sure, we've all gotten an unwelcome fruitcake or fluorescent sweater in the mail, usually from a well-meaning and slightly out-of-touch relative. But few New England Jews could have been prepared for the surprise "gift" that recently arrived on their doo
Challah Back Dept.
| March 19, 2010
Speak no evil?
Anthony Lewis's free-speech credentials are impeccable: among other things, the former New York Times columnist is James Madison Visiting Professor of First Amendment Issues at Columbia University's Journalism School
Why tightening up on anti-Obama speech is a bad idea
| January 14, 2009
Edward Zwick directs the true-ish tale of the Bielskis.
Perfectly coiffed actors in the unforgiving woodland setting is a poor choice
| January 13, 2009
Interview: Ed Zwick
On January 16, director Ed Zwick's Defiance storms theaters with its harrowing tale of the freedom-fighting Bielski brothers, who retreat to the forests of Belarus to protect an ever-growing brigade of Jewish refugees and wage relentless guerilla war
Into the woods
| January 13, 2009
Jews just want to have fun
The streets are deserted, the storefronts chained shut, and there's not a glimmer of neon to guide you to your favorite bar.
And perhaps find love by turning Christmas Eve into the jolliest night of the year
| December 08, 2008
Calling All Jews
First of all,
Now that we're done with formalities...
Sara Faith Alterman
| September 29, 2008
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