Philosophical Investigations, Ludwig Wittgenstein (1953)

Say what you mean, mean what you say

Catch-22, Joseph Heller (1961)

Life, war, and other inescapable paradoxes make a modern classic

Ethics, Baruch Spinoza (1677)

Excommunicated by the Jews, Spinoza revolutionizes philosophy

The Anxiety of Influence, Harold Bloom (1973)

Bloom revolutionizes literary theory by claiming that hell is the poets that came before you

Adam Resurrected, Yoram Kaniuk (1971)

“I didn’t write it, God wrote it, and believe me, I tried to stop Him.”

Das Kapital, Karl Marx (1867)

Measuring the force of hugely influential, if ultimately dangerous ideas

Without Feathers, Woody Allen (1975)

Leaving Midwood, and other tales

Auto-Emancipation, Leo Pinsker (1882)

Zionism’s reluctant forefather

The Feminine Mystique, Betty Friedan (1963)

What do women want? To work.

Herzog, Saul Bellow (1964)

The master’s most autobiographical, and therefore most Jewish, book

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