The Arty Semite

This Week in Forward Arts and Culture

By Ezra Glinter

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Jake Marmer listens in on Deep Tones, an international all-bass music project devoted to peace in the Middle East.

Perplexed by the guides? Jay Michaelson advises on which Kabbalah books you can trust.

Jerome Chanes has some issues with the Jewish Publication Society’s new volume of “The Commentators’ Bible.”

Two weeks ago, Philologos decided that spelling “G-d” with a hyphen is ridiculous. This week he responds to his critics.

Larry Grossman evaluates David Ruderman’s claim that the advent of Jewish modernity wasn’t an overnight occurrence.

Steven G. Kellman reviews Olivier Philipponnat and Patrick Lienhardt’s biography of writer, Holocaust victim and Jewish convert to Catholicism Irene Nemirovsky.

Sammy Loren profiles Claude Berger, a 74-year-old flutist, polemicist, dentist and Parisian Yiddish restaurateur.

In this week’s Yid Lit podcast, Allison Gaudet Yarrow talks to Jon Papernick, author of the short story collections “The Ascent of Eli Israel” and “There is No Other.”

And at the Forverts Video Channel, Dr. Max Kohn goes to visit a production of Sholom Aleichem’s “The Great Lottery” in Paris:


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