The Arty Semite

This Week in Forward Arts and Culture

By Ezra Glinter

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  • In honor of Yom HaShoah, the Forward presents “The Thinking Person’s Guide to the Holocaust,” a selection of the most important literary, historical and artistic works about the Shoah.

  • Rokhl Kafrissen explores the new generation of klezmer music and musicians, including Benjy Fox-Rosen and his new album, “Tick Tock.”

  • Joshua Furst takes a hard look at the remounting of Wallace Shawn’s “Marie and Bruce” by The New Group.

  • Eli Gottlieb reports on Janet Malcom’s reporting on a murder in the Bukharan Jewish community of Queens.

  • Michael J. Feuer tells of his father’s encounter with the anti-Semitic chess champion Alexander Alekhine in Buchenwald.

  • Philologos elucidates the offensive, and non-offensive, terms for Moroccan Jews.

  • Glenn Altschuler reviews Steven Weitzman’s “Solomon: The Lure of Wisdom,” an account of the legendary King of Israel.

  • In this week’s Yid Lit podcast, Allison Gaudet Yarrow talks to Meg Wolitzer about her novel “The Uncoupling,” whose characters stop having sex when a spell enchants their suburb.


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