Yascha Mounk’s entertaining new memoir sheds light on postwar history and current German politics
A spate of new books tells the stories of men and women who leave ultra-Orthodoxy for risky, rewarding, bewildering everyday life
Gary Shteyngart’s new memoir is a touching meditation on the origins, nature, and limits of humor
In Zeruya Shalev’s fearless new ‘The Remains of Love,’ lives on a kibbutz stand as a parable of Israel
The Council of Four Lands was the central body of Jewish autonomy in Poland for nearly two centuries. What went wrong?
Egyptian playwright Ali Salem and others are marginalized at home and in the Western media, but they are political pioneers
Does sexually graphic material help Jewish continuity? ‘Unclean Lips’ argues for the unseemliness of Bruce, Roth, and their ilk.
In Slavko Goldstein’s newly translated ‘1941,’ Nazi-backed fascists tear through the Balkans. Yugoslavia never recovered.
The late political theorist, Marxist philosopher, and urbanist, who died this year, was my teacher and spiritual guide
Don’t believe the hype: Max Blumenthal’s ‘Goliath’ is a brilliant work of fiction about those who want the Jewish state to disappear
Homosexuality, Jewishness, and Zionism, in the newly collected letters of the charismatic musician
An eccentric Jerusalem-based researcher believes he’s found the key to the origin of tongues—in the Bible
The progressive-era novelist’s greedy, red-haired, Polish Jew, Zerkow, is the 20th century’s greatest golem