All posts in category Anti-Semitism

Jews around the world prepare for a Passover different from any other

My article “Jews around the world prepare for a Passover different from any other,” jointly published with Jonathan Harounoff, appears in Religion News Service. As there were several voices that didn’t find their way into the final piece, I’m adding a few (with permission, and potentially oversight) of those below after the jump:

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Amid rising anti-Semitism, Orthodox Jews weigh safety with being conspicuously Jewish

My article “Amid rising anti-Semitism, Orthodox Jews weigh safety with being conspicuously Jewish” appears in Religion News Service.

A Night at the Museum for All

For this feature in Hadassah magazine, “A Night at the Museum for All,” I got in touch with some 50 U.S. Jewish and Holocaust museums to ask about their programming for visitors with disabilities almost 30 years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The museums’ offerings, it turns out, are quite uneven.

Tintoretto and His Jewish Neighbors

My article “Tintoretto and His Jewish Neighbors: Art historians have almost completely ignored the many connections between the great Old Master and the Jews of Venice. Is there more to be said?” appears in Mosaic magazine.

Mister Rogers’ Jewish neighborhood

My article “Mister Rogers’ Jewish neighborhood,” about an exhibit of Jim Judkis’ photos of Fred Rogers, appears in Religion News Service.

The Wreck of the Jewish Museum

My article “The Wreck of the Jewish Museum” appears in Mosaic magazine. Here’s the response from Tom Freudenheim, former assistant secretary for museums at the Smithsonian Institutions, former director of the museum program at the National Endowment for the Arts, and former director of several museums. Here’s a second response from Edward Rothstein, critic-at-large for […]

Jews of African descent ‘unnerved’ by comparisons to viral video group

My article “Jews of African descent ‘unnerved’ by comparisons to viral video group” appears in Religion News Service.

Chess Life article about Chess Sets & Conflict

My article “Chess Sets & Conflict,” which reflects on the ways that chess sets, for centuries, have done double-duty as political and religious symbols, appears in the Dec. 2018 issue of Chess Life magazine. It may be accessed in PDF format via this link. To read the entire issue Chess Life, and to subscribe to […]

What If You Trivialize Hitler?

My article “What If You Trivialize Hitler?” — about the Holocaust art of Bruce Gendelman — appears in Mosaic magazine. (The Jewish Journal, LA, also excerpts it.) Here’s the lede: “How do you shoot the devil in the back?” asks the character played by Kevin Spacey in the 1995 movie The Usual Suspects. A similar […]

Art and beauty can carve a path through a fallen world

My article “Art and beauty can carve a path through a fallen world” appears in National Catholic Reporter. Update: On the NCR podcast, Brittany Wilmes and Julia Lieblich say exceedingly nice things about my article (starting around the 5:05 mark, although the whole podcast is worth a listen).

  • Selected articles

    NMAAHC "The Imitation Game: Are museums being clear enough with the public about what’s real and what’s fake?" Washington Post Magazine. March 3, 2019.

    Bobby Fischer gravestone "Searching for Fischer’s Legacy." Chess Life magazine. March 2018. (PDF file).

    Jules Olitski star "A Memorial That Knows Its Biblical History." Wall St. Journal. Sept. 22, 2017.

    CIA art collection "Infiltrating the CIA’s Secret Art Collection." Playboy. Jan./Feb. 2017.
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