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By Ezra Glinter

  • Sacha Baron Cohen is being criticized for presenting negative stereotypes of Arabs in “The Dictator.” Can’t say this one was hard to see coming.
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  • Aaron Sorkin has signed on to write the script for a Steve Jobs biopic.

  • Aharon Appelfeld’s “Blooms of Darkness” has won the British Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. Read our review of the novel here.

  • 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.

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By Ezra Glinter

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  • 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.

  • The Cameri Theatre’s production of “Cabaret” was selected as the “Play of the Year” at the Israeli Theatre Prizes. Read our review of the play here.

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By Ezra Glinter

  • 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.

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By Ezra Glinter

  • 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.

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By Ezra Glinter

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  • 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.”

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  • 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.

  • Tel Aviv-born artist Maira Kalman takes a stroll through her native city. Read our interview with Kalman 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.

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  • 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.

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By Ezra Glinter

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  • Ruth Franklin tells us what we can learn from video footage of Anne Frank.

  • Not everyone loves the new HBO show, “Girls.”

  • NPR talks to Kazuo Ueda, author of the Yiddish-Japanese dictionary. Read our piece on Ueda and his work here.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • An expedition is underway to recover hundred of millions of dollars worth of art stolen by Nazis, which is believed to be buried in a mine.
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  • 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.

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  • The Jewish Museum shows how it created a 35-foot-tall wallscape in Soho for the current Kehinde Wiley exhibition.

  • “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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Why Canadian Jewish poet Irving Layton still matters, 100 years after his birth.
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  • 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.

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