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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
The Chosen keeps the faith
The leap from page to stage for The Chosen (at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston through November 17) is more of a hop.
| November 09, 2012
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
As one-sided rivalries go, Eliezer Shkolnik (Shlomo Bar Aba) has it bad.
| March 23, 2012
Two Jews, three opinions
The opening segment of Between Two Worlds deals with the bitter disagreement over the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival's 2009 decision to screen the controversial documentary Rachel , about an American activist crushed by an Israeli Defense Forces b
A founder of America's first Jewish film festival takes stock of the big questions
| March 16, 2012
Happy Rosh Hashanah!
A (sort of) heartwarming story of a Jew and a Muslim.
| September 30, 2011
Review: Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness
Not many these days are familiar with Aleichem's own story, or his other work, or his impact on Jewish culture and literature in general.
Joseph Dorman's portrait of Aleichem
| September 02, 2011
My misbegotten creative career
Vo Dilanduhs know R.J. Heim, the veteran Channel 10 meteorologist and news reporter, as a charismatic and engaging fellow but, primarily, as a local weatherman.
Still waiting for Slugot; fan feedback; Gatorgate
| August 05, 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
Review: Jewish wit pervades Acorn's latest production
Around this time of year, the vast majority of holiday entertainment — Nutcrackers both Victorian and burlesque; innumerable A Christmas Carols ; even the rogue Sedaris debauchery of The Santaland Diaries — is some sort of riff on a holiday that's a
| December 10, 2010
Review: Seacoast Rep's clever Rooms
Monica (Christine Dulong), a go-getter songwriter and Glasgow’s "young Jewish entertainer of the year," at first seems a poor match for snarky rocker Ian (Graham Bailey), who hides out in his bedroom noodling on his guitar and taking slugs from a flask.
Rock and love
| September 24, 2010
Review: Holy Rollers
Loosely based on a true story, Kevin Asch’s film is an unlikely fusion of Almost Famous and Scarface featuring Hasidic Jews.
Hasidic Jews try the drug trafficking biz
| June 04, 2010
Review: Jordi Savall and Hespèrion XXI
"You are here to kneel/Where prayer has been valid.” “Here” for T.S. Eliot was a church in Huntingdonshire, but it’s hard to imagine a place where prayer has been more valid than Jerusalem, or a place where more people have died for their faith.
“Jerusalem: The City of the Two Peaces,” live At Sanders Theatre, May 5, 2010
| May 07, 2010
Hankus Netsky founded the Klezmer Conservatory Band 30 years ago at New England Conservatory and sparked an American klezmer revival that continues to this day.
The KCB's main man talks Klezmer
| February 26, 2010
Defining "Jewish" music is pretty much a fool's task — not much easier than defining jazz.
First Annual Boston Jewish Music Festival, plus the Klezmatics
| February 26, 2010
We heart these people
We all know Portland is a busy, exciting place to live. It takes a lot of people's amazing energy to keep it going, though. Who's doing the moving and the shaking?
Meet Portland's most influential
| February 12, 2010
Greg Epstein, Atheist Superstar
Once an intellectual taboo, atheism has become one of the great growth industries of the third millennium.
Can Harvard's humanist chaplain save nonbelief from itself?
| November 27, 2009
Vegas and Jungleland
Paul Shaffer is a happenin’ cat. Pick an It Moment from pop culture over the past 30 years and Shaffer was there. He was an original band member on Saturday Night Live . He played hapless promo guy Artie Fufkin in This Is Spinal Tap . Disco? He co-wr
Paul Shaffer and the Big Man tell all
| November 27, 2009
White-supremacist code printed nationwide
While von Brunn survived to face federal criminal charges and may yet die slowly in federal prison, he did manage to get newspapers around the globe to print a white-supremacist code praising Adolf Hitler right next to his name.
Co-Opting the Media
| June 19, 2009
If, sometime in the next few decades, humanity kicks the religion habit once and for all, the current crop of atheist agitators will deserve plenty of credit.
James Carroll justifies his faith
| April 01, 2009
Review: The Seven Days
In Jewish tradition, Shiva is a seven-day mourning period observed after a loved one's funeral.
A dance of pent-up tension
| April 01, 2009
The spectacle of terror
Images are weapons as real as bullets and bombs.
Why the attacks in Mumbai constitute a terrible threat
| December 03, 2008
Silver Jew | Drag City DVD
Michael Tully’s 52-minute home movie/documentary follows the band as they schlep around Israel touring, shopping, and playing a handful of gigs.
Drag City (2008)
| October 08, 2008
Vigilantes and volunteers
This article originally appeared in the August 7, 1973 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
Crime patrols in Boston
| August 14, 2008
My Father My Lord
Volach overdoes the quoting from the Torah, but the intimacy of each shot and the quiet force from each character elevate the film to the level of parable.
Hushed, dun-colored, and beautifully shot
| June 25, 2008
Free your nerd
When “I’m Too Sexy” comes on, 28-year-old Rachel Marks has a flashback. “Oh my God,” she says. “My bat mitzvah.”
| February 20, 2008
The yenta monologues
What do you call a Conservative Jewish lesbian mother of two boys? Very funny, in the case of Judy Gold.
Judy Gold’s Jewish-mother complex
| December 26, 2007
If obsession is at the core of The Rosenbach Company, says co-creator Ben Katchor, that only makes the pop musical a human story.
Ben Katchor explains The Rosenbach Company
| November 14, 2007
Thanks be to Coulter
Even appearing to defend Ann Coulter makes my skin crawl, but I must.
Letters to the Boston editor: November 2, 2007
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
| October 31, 2007
September 30 was a delicious day for this secular Jew
| October 17, 2007
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