Observing the Sabbath

How nine fiction writers handled the theme of the seventh day

Political Legacy

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

The Frozen Rabbi: Week 3, Part 2

Basha Puah evinces a talent for business—and for childbearing

The Frozen Rabbi: Week 3, Part 1

After a brief ‘honeymoon,’ the newlyweds take up residence in Lodz

On the Bookshelf

Translators, Nazi mutants, and Germanophilia

Look Out!

Sam Lipsyte’s novel The Ask and Noah Baumbach’s movie Greenberg breathe new life into the figure of the shlemiel

The Frozen Rabbi: Week 2, Part 5

Salo trades his horse for a foul-mouthed Jewess

The Frozen Rabbi: Week 2, Part 4

Though weak with hunger, Salo takes a stand

The Frozen Rabbi: Week 2, Part 3

Freshly thawed, the rabbi is greeted with some reality TV

The Frozen Rabbi: Week 2, Part 2

After a severe summer storm, Bernie hears some knocking

Orthodox Liberal

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

The Frozen Rabbi: Week 2, Part 1

Salo hitches the frozen rabbi to an old nag and takes his leave

On the Bookshelf

Montefiore, Madoff, Mailer, and Maimonides

A Clockwork Doll

Dahlia Ravikovitch and the poetry of the plainspoken

The Frozen Rabbi: Week 1, Part 5

After a brutal pogrom tears through town, Salo discovers that he has been made an orphan

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