We spend so much time staring at our phones. What do we miss when we don’t look up? | Mel Campbell

The deeply corny film Last Christmas was maligned for its main characters look up philosophy. But perhaps its the philosophy we need right now In Paul Feigs romantic comedy Last Christmas, jaded Londoner Kate (Emilia Clarke) notices a handsome stranger, Tom (Henry Golding), outside the Christmas-themed shop where she works. Look up, he tells her. She follows Toms gaze and spots a peregrine falcon on a high ledge. However, she immediately cops an eyeful of bird shit just as she later stumbles into a pile of rubbish while looking up at a delightful old shop sign. So far, so screwball. Critics have well and truly looked down on Toms whimsical, chin-lifting philosophy, branding it so very annoying and vigilantly perching …

For Some Jews, Yiddish History Is Sanctuary. For Others, Its Dangerous.

If you ask, Alex Weiser smiles and says its definitely a coincidence: When he planned the release party for his debut Yiddish-themed album win an election against, well, some odds, Weiser orchestrated a night of live music to introduce the world to his latest work. Some of the performance was his own creation and some hed brought in from the archives of a blog about the album. I think that people don't understand Jewish identity, Weiser told me last week when we spoke in his office at YIVO, one of five organizations making up New York Citys iconic Jewish dishes and likewise Zohar Weiman-Kelman, an assistant professor at the Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. Hebrew wasnt necessarily …