Erika Dreifus is a writer and editor in New York and the author of Quiet Americans: Stories. Visit her website and follow her on Twitter, where she tweets on “matters bookish and/or Jewish.”

The New York Times Got Their Israel Reading List All Wrong. Here’s a Better One.

Forget Waldman and Chabon and try Castel-Bloom, Feuerman, and Gavron instead


Gallery Show by Hadar Goldin, IDF Soldier Kidnapped and Killed by Hamas, Opens in Brooklyn

Colorful works underscore the tragedy of a life cut short and a family’s ongoing agony


The Story of Ruth, in Three Poems

Poetry for Shavuot, when we read about Ruth, a Moabite woman considered to be the first convert to Judaism


Mourning Is Complicated

When Alan Rickman died, social media blew up with mini lamentations for the widely beloved actor. But the moment produced great ambivalence within me.


Immigrant Story: The Value of Anzia Yezierska’s ‘Bread Givers’

At New York’s Tenement Museum, panelists discussed the still-relevant meaning of Yezierska’s novel about an immigrant Jewish family on the Lower East Side

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