Boycotting Captain America

by Nicholas Jahr Having written about the Captain America movie recently, I’d be remiss if I didn’t follow that up by echoing Steve Bissette’s call for a boycott of all things Marvel. I only alluded to this in my earlier post, but the publishers of the early comics industry were infamous for screwing the artists […]

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Elliott Abrams on ‘the Settlement Obsession’

by Nicholas Jahr Today brought the news that the Netanyahu administration has approved the construction of 1,600 new apartments in East Jerusalem (with 2,700 more on deck and 930 already given the green light). Lest anyone think this might be a problem, former Bush administration official Elliott Abrams had taken to the pages of the […]

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Captain America vs. Hitler

by Nicholas Jahr So this weekend I caught the latest addition to Marvel Comics’/Disney’s $650-million-and-counting franchise, Captain America. If one can ignore the fact that the film proceeds at the level of a video game — and let me be clear, I can — it’s entertaining enough, as long as you don’t actually want to […]

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New work from Sarah Glidden

by Nicholas Jahr If you didn’t see it, the JC Cultcha & Funny Pages in our Winter 2010/11 issue featured an excerpt from Sarah Glidden’s How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less (see what you’re missing?) Now Glidden has a new comic up on the web called The Waiting Room, about Iraqi refugees […]

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Where is the Israeli Left?

by Nicholas Jahr A few weeks ago, the Israeli Knesset wrapped up a profoundly alarming session. It began in October with Netanyahu’s cabinet approving a change to the loyalty oath sworn by new Israeli citizens: instead of simply swearing “to respect the laws of the state of Israel,” new, non-Jewish citizens would now have to […]

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Let’s Hit the Attic

by Nicholas Jahr I was in the Netherlands last week, and finally took the opportunity to visit Amsterdam’s Anne Frank Museum. Not being much for standing on line, I decided to go in the evening (the museum is open late on Saturdays). I still stood on line. Which was vaguely disconcerting – it’s possible, even […]

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A Film Unfinished

by Nicholas Jahr Given a limited release to near limitless praise, Yael Hersonski’s A Film Unfinished is a documentary about a documentary. In May 1942, several hundred thousand Jews had been penned within the confines of the Warsaw Ghetto for a year and a half; the first mass deportation was only two months away. Perhaps […]

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Shalom Bayit

by Nicholas Jahr Like many kids, I grew up in a home where both my parents worked. Toss in a commute from Brooklyn to The City, and my folks were left with a three- or four-hour gap to cover every day, between the time school let out and the moment my mother finally made it […]

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'Ask Malcolm.'

by Nicholas Jahr It doesn’t quite have the ring of ‘Clear it with Sydney’, but to read Allison Hoffman’s profile in Tablet, at the height of his power Malcolm Hoenlein may have enjoyed a similar status. For those unfamiliar with the name—although I imagine that’s not an issue for most readers of Jewish Currents—Hoenlein is […]

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