Interview with Ruchama King Feuerman, author of In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist

In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist by Ruchama King Feuerman

The book at Amazon and on Kindle Miriam Bradman Abrahams: To which characters do you relate in your stories? Ruchama King Feuerman: There are pieces of me in all the characters. Isaac reminds me of my father, while Mustafa also reminds me of him, since they each had a deformity. [Feuerman’s father lost an ear in a childhood accident.] I share ideological frustrations with my character Beth from Seven Blessings,…

Interview: David Bezmozgis (Jewish Book Council)

The Betrayers by David Bezmozgis

Q: How does The Betrayers continue or, perhaps, depart from what has engaged your work in the past? David Bezmozgis: It’s true that the original inspiration for the novel had to do with Natan Sharansky. In 2004, I’d been researching an obituary about Alexander Lerner, another prominent refusenik, when I came upon a curious and compelling detail. Lerner and Sharansky were both in the same circle of refuseniks in Moscow…

Fridays With Zalman: The Spiritual Wisdom of Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

The legendary rabbi talks about free love, doing LSD with Timothy Leary, and mortality in a new book, ‘The December Project’ In a sense, Schachter-Shalomi is the Zelig of the Jewish world: He has been present at every moment in 20th- and now 21st-century Jewish history—whether in Poland or Boro Park, Berkeley or his current home in Boulder, Colo. In a new book, The December Project: An Extraordinary Rabbi and…

Q&A With Art Spiegelman, Creator of ‘Maus’ – Tablet Magazine

Q&A With Art Spiegelman, Creator of ‘Maus’ – Tablet Magazine The influential artist talks about his Jewish Museum retrospective, ‘Mad’magazine, and how the Shoah trumps art all of the time “The Holocaust trumps art every time,” Art Spiegelman repeated more than once at the press opening for his traveling mid-career retrospective, which originated in Paris and finally landed at Manhattan’s Jewish Museum this month. Spiegelman, whose name can be translated as…