9:05 AM, Jun 3, 2013 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
The website Jewish Ideas Daily has been, for quite some while, a star of the web, featuring interesting original material as well as links to other worthwhile writing embodying a lively, serious, and committed approach to Jewish issues and ideas. Today, Jewish Ideas Daily has re-launched as Mosaic. So if you're not already a regular, now's a good time to bookmark the site, or even easier, to sign up for the daily e-mails.
Like JID, Mosaic will provide daily “Editors’ Picks” of items from around the web. Today's include a review by Howard Jacobson of Ruth Wisse's book on Jewish humor (in Standpoint), a video on Avital Sharansky's extraordinary campaign to free her husband and Soviet Jewry, and more. But Mosaic will also feature an original, monthly long-form essay. The first such essay appears today, and it's Leon Kass’s reflections on the Ten Commandments, the most famous teaching of the Hebrew Bible. Kass argues that, despite their notoriety, or because of it, the Commandments are still only superficially understood, and that they deserve and demand a closer look. Kass provides it in a most stimulating and thought-provoking way. What's more, at intervals throughout the month, Mosaic will feature comments on Kass’s argument by well-known experts from different fields, an exclusive interview with the author, a rotating gallery of great works of art on the themes of the Ten Commandments, and more.
So go to Mosaic. As so many maternal descendants of Moses have said: Try it. You'll like it.
The director delivers the 2013 Jefferson Lecture.1:30 PM, Apr 2, 2013 • By VICTORINO MATUS
Last night at the Kennedy Center concert hall, Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese delivered the 2013 National Endowment for the Humanities Jefferson Lecture. He spoke of the importance of preserving film and lamented the studios' fixation with box office grosses. The end of celluloid saddened him, but he reminded us that there were exciting new developments in film technology we shouldn't overlook. But mostly Scorsese focused on protecting the old movies—90 percent of silent films are now gone. It's an important subject, don't get me wrong, but couldn't he have talked about Goodfellas or Casino a little bit? I mean, c'mon!
10:24 AM, Dec 31, 2012 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
I'm as thrilled as every other red-blooded Washington-area resident by the Redskins' victory yesterday. Yes, I did "predict" a Cowboys victory on Fox News Sunday. But that was, as I said on the show, a prediction contrary to my hopes, and of course was really made in order to avert the evil eye (or, as I put it on the panel in a way more suitable for public consumption, because I err on the side of pessimism). So, Go 'Skins! And no more predictions.
"We have hosted youth workshops on everything from modern dance to classical music to spoken word poetry."6:14 PM, Nov 19, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
At an event at the White House for the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program awards program, First Lady Michelle Obama praised arts in children's education by saying, "if it’s good enough for our kids, it’s good enough for all of our kids."
Depravity at the heart of contemporary England. Nov 5, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 08 • By KYLE SMITH
Despite the inapt “literary bad boy” label that continues to trail along behind Martin Amis like a disappointed autograph seeker, he has never been a shock novelist. Rather, he’s a comic-hyperbole man, forever pushing up into the thin air atop Mt. Absurdity.
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