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.

Exodus ’56

A novel examines the parallel dislocations of Hungarian and Egyptian immigrants to Israel

Political Legacy

A new book examines the debt 17th-century republicanism owed to Jewish sources

Orthodox Liberal

Moses Montefiore was an observant Jew who helped forge an international Jewish public

A Clockwork Doll

Dahlia Ravikovitch and the poetry of the plainspoken

Continental Divide

A new book positions the Dreyfus Affair amid a broad array of cultural clashes

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

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