Arts & Culture

5 Jewish movies without tragic endings

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Jewish movies are often depressing. The Holocaust, the Munich Massacre, a pogrom — it’s hard to find a film without a tragedy. We found...

Adventures with the general of the Sons of Light

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“The Sword of David” by Charles Lichtman. New York: Post Hill Press, 2021. 356 pages. $30. What great fun! “The Sword of David” is the...

Should a non-Jewish actor play a Jew?

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In early October, Jewish comedian Sarah Silverman took to “The Sarah Silverman Podcast” to raise the issue of “Jewface” — the portrayal of Jewish...

The good, the bad and the ugly of non-Jews playing Jews

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Jewish characters have been played by non-Jews going back to medieval mystery plays about the crucifixion of Jesus. Since then, portrayals of Jews have...

5 Jewish superheroes you should know

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Some may say that Jewish superpowers are limited to parting seas and burning oil efficiently — but the Jews themselves weren’t even the ones...

‘Dr. Ruth’ is in the house at Theater J’s reopening

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Opening nights at Theater J are always buzzy. With an audience filled with high-roller supporters and machers in the Jewish community, along with long-time,...

‘Velvet Underground’ withstands test of time

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By Sasha Rogelberg Before Lou Reed proclaimed, “My God is rock ’n’ roll,” The Velvet Underground frontman was a Jewish boy who grew up in...

David Strathairn performs in one-man show on Jan Karski’s life

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Jan Karski was a soft-spoken man with Old World manners. Lanky with piercing blue eyes and a gentle smile, one would have been hard-pressed...

As Jon Stewart returns to TV, here’s a look back at his most Jewish...

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By Stephen Silver After a hiatus of more than six years that followed his departure from “The Daily Show,” Jon Stewart returned to regular series...

Writer Mark Oppenheimer recounts the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting

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By David Rullo PITTSBURGH — Mark Oppenheimer’s new book, “Squirrel Hill: The Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting and the Soul of a Neighborhood,” which will...