Adam Kirsch

Adam Kirsch is a contributing editor for Tablet Magazine and the author of Benjamin Disraeli, a biography in the Nextbook Press Jewish Encounters book series.

Epistolary Bromance

The letters exchanged by Elias Canetti, his wife, and his brother reveal the artist’s self-absorption

Axis of Evil

A new book examines how the Nazis tailored their message for Arab and Muslim audiences

The Pilgrim

The mythical journey of Yehuda Halevi, Judaism’s greatest poet—and the world’s first Zionist

Austen in Connecticut

‘Weissmanns of Westport’ resets ‘Sense and Sensibility’ on Long Island Sound

Vanishing Act

A new Holocaust history focuses on the life—and death—of the Polish shtetl

Küng Fu

A leading Catholic theologian offers Judaism some backhanded praise

The Other Secret Jews

A new book explores the rich history of Turkey’s Dönme, Sephardic Jews who converted to Islam in the 1600s

Enlightenment, Yes!

The controversial leftist Israeli politcal scientist Zeev Sternhell paints a damning, if perhaps uncontextualized, portrait of ‘anti-Enlightenment’ thinkers

Dark Humor

A collection of old world Jewish jokes feels a little funny

Partisan Poet

A biography examines the life of ghetto insurgent and Zionist bard Abba Kovner

On Their Trail

His targets may be pushing 90, but Nazi-hunter Efraim Zuroff is still looking

The Firebrand

A new biography tries to extinguish the myth of the kinder, gentler Trotsky

The Prophet’s Pen

A new book argues that the key to decoding the Bible is understanding its poetry

The November Pogrom

A new study pieces together the story of Kristallnacht

Upstaged

In ‘The Humbling,’ Philip Roth imagines an actor grappling with the waning of his gifts

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