World War 3 Revisited

by Nicholas Jahr Reviewed in this essay: World War 3 Illustrated: 1979-2014, edited by Peter Kuper and Seth Tobocman. PM Press, 2014, 321 pages.   I VAGUELY REMEMBER WORLD WAR 3. Growing up, I was dimly aware of it lurking behind sleek curves and rippling muscles, spandex and tights and capes, the glossy sheen coating it […]

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Return of the Refuseniks

by Nicholas Jahr As the most recent war in Gaza blunders on, last week The Washington Post published a petition signed by more than 50 reservists who have refused to serve in the current conflict. Just about every one of Israel’s wars has generated similar small-scale resistance, but what struck me upon reading the petition […]

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Some Thoughts on “Noah”

by Nicholas Jahr In case you haven’t heard — and given the torrent of advertising that’s hard to imagine — Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) has a new film out, a $125 million dollar take on the biblical patriarch Noah in the standard mode of the contemporary Hollywood epic. Aronofsky takes the least interesting questions posed by the […]

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The Secret History of Palestinian Nonviolence

by Nicholas Jahr This is a revised and updated version of an article that originally appeared in the Spring, 2013 issue of Jewish Currents and was then republished in the Utne Reader. Photographs by the author SLOWLY, THE SMALL GROUP of demonstrators approaches the soldiers. Around seventy-five people had turned out for this week’s protest, […]

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Some Thoughts on Roman Vishniac

by Nicholas Jahr The International Center of Photography has taken a break from their usual work memorializing the Spanish Civil War — just kidding, they have what looks like a great retro of Chim’s work (Dawid Szymin) on the ground floor — to present an impressive look at the work of Roman Vishniac. Drawn from […]

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And the land we belong to is grand!

by Nicholas Jahr Over in the right sidebar is our tag cloud, and “anti-Semitism” looms large. Sometimes I find this frustrating; I’d like what we’re for to be at least as prominent as what we’re against. And then something like this comes along and I just can’t resist: I knew what was coming when I […]

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Sight & Fog

by Nicholas Jahr This past February and March, editorial board member Nicholas Jahr took his first trip to Israel, and made several visits to the West Bank. What follows are his reflections on his time there. — Ed.   Prelude with Flute . . . . Aeroport Mohammed Cinq, Morocco. We pass through security to […]

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Ravitch versus the 'Reformers'

by Nicholas Jahr This past week, New York Times columnist Michael Powell elegantly illustrated the inequities of the charter school movement with a look at East Harlem’s Public School 30 and Harlem Success Academy 2, which share the same building on East 128th Street in NYC. (Full disclosure: Powell is a friend and mentor.) The […]

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Every time they get out, we pull them back in

by Nicholas Jahr I’m a little behind the curve on this (as ever), but the end of April saw the return to the internet after nearly two years MIA of the KassaNostra, surely the world’s best-named anonymous folk music blogger. Where was this mysterious figure? Checking out the night life in Havana? Rubbing out their […]

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