The evolution of Jewish American political discourse from outsider counter-culture to ‘never again a victim’
One Middle Eastern nation does indeed pay to influence U.S. foreign policy. Hint: It’s not Israel.
Hamas today is in the same position as Yasser Arafat once was: sacrificing its people to a corrupted ideal
What role does America play in Jewish life, and by extension what kind of Jewish literature can be created here?
New novel ‘The Betrayers’ boldly places at its center the most famous refusenik and all he represents for Soviet Jewry
In an excerpt from a new biography, the great showman asks, ‘What does music mean?’
Video: Throw away your jars of gray fish patties. This Rosh Hashanah, make a terrine that’ll have doubters asking for seconds.
A new shoe offers some extra height to Jews of shorter stature. But why prey on insecurities and stereotypes to sell footwear?
The Talmud imagines the world as organized for the benefit of Torah sages, even in matters of sex and death
Thirty years after the launch of an exploratory anthology, a science fiction connoisseur wonders when we’ll discover brighter stars.
Reality television tries to bridge a great divide
In his latest look at the Jerusalem of his childhood, Amos Oz sheds anger, frustration, bewilderment, and the protective cloak of fiction.
An experimental musical about the Rosenbachs celebrates their love affair with book dealing
As a teenager, Roya Hakakian fell hard for the Iranian Revolution. It may have betrayed her, but you never forget your first love.
Rolling out an endless parade of stereotypes
Television treated Alex Rieger and Rabbi Krustofski with a pompous reverence. The Bluths of Arrested Development do not suffer this fate.
Haunted by ghosts, Jacques Derrida’s writings confounded the march of time
The Dybbuk returns
A surprising inscription on a first edition of The Wartime Journals of Charles A. Lindbergh raises unsettling question
Thirty years ago, Philip Roth sent up Nixon in an overlooked satire that expanded his turf from neurosis to the American political canvas.
A once-Orthodox writer finds inspiration in Philip Roth’s historical reconstructions, even if his latest alter ego isn’t threatened by tradition.
Historian Yuri Slezkine traces a line from his anti-Soviet classmates in Moscow back to their fervently Communist grandparents.
Children’s storybooks drawn from tradition can get sanctimonious. Does a pop star do any better with the stories of the Baal Shem Tov?
Jonathan Rosen talks about Tolstoy, George Eliot, and why writers treat religious longing with the silence once reserved for sex.
Discovery enables further research of the Nazi extermination camp
A case of mistaken MacArthur identity
If Israel and the Holocaust are most Jews’ points of identification, which holidays are really the High Holidays?
Controversy over the senator’s remarks has distracted from the real issue
Ringing in the Jewish New Year with an artisanal tahini and honey spread
‘Anti-Semitism Antenna’ will be accessible by phone and online
Inspired by Leviticus, eScapegoat lets users offload sins onto a virtual goat
The 11-year-olds were wearing uniforms of local Jewish secondary school
An excerpt from Lucinda Franks’ Timeless: Love, Morgenthau, and Me
The dynamic conductor and genius behind ‘West Side Story’ also wrote classical works. Allen Shawn explores what they reveal.
Batya Ungar-Sargon discusses her exposé on the tax rolls and funding cuts that fueled an ethnic rift in East Ramapo, N.Y.
Some people lean on neighbors for a cup of sugar. The Fruchters, of Memphis, Tennessee, needed theirs to help them keep the Sabbath.