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.


Assessing the transformations that have shaped contemporary American Judaism

Frankfurt on the Hudson

How the fathers of Critical Theory found their way to America

Chic Radical

A new biography is overly impressed by Leonard Bernstein’s liberal politics


Rich Cohen’s new book, ‘Israel is Real,’ is divorced from reality

Relatively Speaking, a Zionist

An anthology tries—and fails—to paint Einstein as hostile to Israel

A Nation of Commentators

We are all Rashi’s heirs, but what, exactly, is our inheritance?

Far and Away

A new book amasses the varied tales of those who fled the Third Reich

Idol Chatter

In his essays, Leonard Michaels worried about the line between art and the profane

What Is a Jew?

An essay collection explores the complexities of Jewish identity

All Quiet

Were postwar American Jews really ‘silent’ about the Holocaust?

Mixed Record

I.F. Stone was prescient on Zionism, less so on Communism

Daniel and the Lions’ Den

Gertrude Himmelfarb charts Victorian novelist George Eliot’s road to philo-Semitism

Primary Source

Grigoris Balakian was the Primo Levi of the Armenian Genocide. Ninety years later, his memoir is published in English.

Canon Fodder

The short, tragic life of English poet Isaac Rosenberg

Second Life

How Judaism remade itself in the wake of the Second Temple’s destruction

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