Could Boris Gelfand become the first Israeli world chess champion?
Zackary Sholem Berger explores the Hasidic literary underground.
White-collar criminal Andrew G. Bodnar wasn’t just ordered to write a book as part of his sentence, he also considered “Call me a schlemiel” as the opening line.
Aaron Sorkin has signed on to write the script for a Steve Jobs biopic.
The online Museum of Family History has a new exhibit on “The Remarkable Zalmen Zylbercweig,” editor of the six-volume “Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre.”
Joseph Epstein reflects on his friendship with art critic Hilton Kramer in The New Criterion.
Jordan has freed the publisher of an online newspaper charged with propagating “anti-regime sentiment.”
Actor Elliott Gould has become the new face of Aish HaTorah.
Watch Mandy Patinkin speaking at a Peace Now conference in Jerusalem.
Read an excerpt from Isaac Bashevis Singer and Maurice Sendak’s “Zlateh the Goat and Other Stories.”
Seth Lipsky defends the Obama campaign’s new “Forward” slogan.
Roman Polanski is set to direct “D,” a thriller about the Dreyfus Affair.
Comic book legend Stan Lee is writing an Elvis comic.
Listen to a recording from the legendary Yiddish poet, partisan and Shoah song collector Shmerke Kaczerginski.
Take a look at the first book illustrated by Maurice Sendak.
Listen to the only known recording of Freud speaking.
Watch a previously unseen Beastie Boys video from the unaired third season of “Chapelle’s Show.”
Director David Cronenberg will take a turn in front of the camera as a crazed scientist on the Syfy show “Rewind.”
The New York Times’ Dennis Lim talks to the Supreme Leader of Wadiya.
Take a look at a series of photos taken by a young Stanley Kubrick titled “Life and Love on The New York City Subway.”
How Herman Göring’s younger brother Albert saved dozens of Jewish lives.
Adam Kirsch reflects on a “quasi-novel” about the assassinated Nazi leader Reinhard Heydrich.
“The Steins Collect,” an exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will now feature a wall text highlighting Gertrude Stein’s Vichy ties.
Meet the Israeli company behind “The Hunger Game.”
Writer László Krasznahorkai talks to Guernica magazine about terror in fiction, the aesthetic of the long sentence, his love of contemporary music, and collaborating with Allen Ginsberg. Read our review of his most recent novel here.
Bob Dylan and Toni Morrison will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Greil Marcus talks to the LA Review of Books about the three Jewish families of Montgomery, Alabama: The Weils, the Greils and the Schlemiels.
Arab-Israeli actress Hiam Abbass has been named to the Cannes Film Festival jury.
Meet Yiddish sensation Libby Pollak.
Take a look at a trove of previously unseen old New York City photos.
Eight American cities are getting money for new arts journalism initiatives.
Step into the weird and wonderful world of women’s arm wrestling.
Listen to Habitus editor Joshua Editor reflect on Berlin.
HEEB talks to the world’s most prolific “Downfall” parodist.
Darren Aronofsky may direct a George Washington biopic.
Yiddish theater comes to Johns Hopkins University.
A Haifa street-art collective goes to London.
The Israeli film “The Policeman” won the prize for Best Film at the Buenos Aires film festival.
Shulem Deen writes for Salon about how a Panasonic radio affected his marriage and his faith.
Check out Yiddish singer Anthony Russell tonight at the Workmen’s Circle.
Come see Forverts Editor Boris Sandler’s film about Yiddish writer Yosl Birshteyn tomorrow night at YIVO.
Ruth Franklin tells us what we can learn from video footage of Anne Frank.
Not everyone loves the new HBO show, “Girls.”
Cynthia Ozick has been shortlisted for this year’s Orange Prize for Fiction.
Jason Diamond riffles through Winston Churchill’s wardrobe at the Paris Review.
In this week’s New York Times Book Review Steve Almond reviews Etgar Keret’s “Suddenly, a Knock on the Door,” and Jonathan Rosen reviews Peter Beinart’s “The Crisis of Zionism.” Read the Forward’s coverage of those books here and here.
Listen to Gary Shteyngart read from Keret’s book, here.
The Museum of Jewish Heritage wants to acquire the Haggadah from a Bruce Springsteen Seder.
Dave Eggers is set to receive the Gunter Grass Foundation’s Albatross prize for his book “Zeitoun,” but will skip the awards ceremony to avoid controversy.
The Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Brooklyn has a new Jewish superhero.
A synagogue and a church will share space in a historic New York chapel.
Joel Schalit writes an open letter to Gunter Grass.
The Jewish Journal talks to Frank London of The Klezmatics.
Herman Wouk, who will be 97 in May, is coming out with a new novel.
Is the ex-Hasidic community about to get it’s own reality show?
The founder of the Freelancers Union explains why Moses was the first Union representative in history.
Celebrate Pesach, Andy Warhol style.
Avi Steinberg gives his take on the New American Haggadah in the Boston Globe.
Why the Seder is, or is not, based on a Greek symposium.
Read the story behind Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap and it’s founder, Emanuel Bronner, a third-generation Jewish soap maker from Germany.
“Six,” a play by Forward contributor Zohar Tirosh-Polk, has won top prize at the Jewish Plays Project.
Will Sarajevo lose its 660-year-old Haggadah?
Canadian immigrant Kathleen Reiter stole the show on Israel’s “The Voice.”
The latest issue of Jewish Fiction .net is out, featuring stories translated from Turkish, Croatian, Yiddish and Hebrew.
A.B. Yehoshua imagines a meeting between David Ben Gurion and Ze’ev Jabotinsky.
Guernica magazine interviews Forward opinion editor Gal Beckerman.
The Montreal Review of Books looks at a history of the city’s synagogues.
One Yiddishist is starting a translation service in Portland, Maine.
Jake Marmer profiles poet and candy store owner Herschel “Hersch” Silverman.
The Talmud is being translated into Arabic.
“Mad Men” creator Matthew Wiener is set to direct “You Are Here,” a film starring Owen Wilson and Zach Galifianakis.
One school in Toronto is reviving 400-year-old Passover songs that haven’t been heard since 1644.
Lianne Stokes talks to Rachel Dratch about her new memoir for Interview magazine.
Leon Wieseltier takes on the New American Haggadah in the Jewish Review of Books.
Ruth R. Wisse and Samuel Leivick, son of Yiddish writer H. Leivick, trade barbs in the Jewish Review of Books.
Menachem Wecker takes a look at the hyper-realistic paintings of Max Ferguson.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation interviews trumpeter Frank London.
Adam Levin’s new collection of stories, “Hot Pink,” is reviewed by Peter Orner in The Times.
Stephanie Butnick talks to Gilbert Gottfried about being Jewish and enjoying savings.
Legendary New York City developer Melvyn Kaufman has died at 87.
Russell Crowe is set to appear as Noah in Darren Aronofsky’s biblical-themed movie of the same name.
The Village Voice gives high praise to a new exhibit by Israeli artist Oded Hirsch.
Francine Prose writes on Edith Wharton for the New York Review of Books.
Margaret Eby looks at the strange relationship between Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for The Paris Review.
The New York Times pays homage to New York Review of Books editor Robert Silvers.
Some German architects are converting Nazi bunkers into modern homes.
The Los Angeles Review of Books weighs in on the 21st-century Marxism of Tony Kushner.
Is it possible to play “Israeli Gospel” music?
What if your band is made up of Muppets?
David Cronenberg is working on a TV show called “Knifeman,” about a self-taught 18th-century surgeon.
Moment magazine interviews comedian and podcast sensation Marc Maron.
Did Woody Allen think up “Midnight in Paris” 50 years ago?
The Nerdist talks to animation legend Ralph Bakshi.