On the Bookshelf

Madoff, interfaith dialogue, British Jews, and more

Guilt By Association

A novelist reflects on what it means to be a Jewish writer


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

On the Bookshelf

Virtuous Poles, an X-Men villain, Rashi’s daughters, and YA classics

Drawing Inspiration

In a searching memoir, a daughter revisits her father’s deceptions

Relatively Speaking, a Zionist

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

On the Bookshelf

Black-Jewish harmony, sitting shiva, bat mitzvah prep, and more

Selective Memoir

Before Doctor Zhivago, Pasternak wrote poetry—and about himself

A Nation of Commentators

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

On the Bookshelf

Crusaders, myths, thrillers, and more

The Literatures of the Two Easts

Are Hasidism and Zen Buddhism kindred movements?

Far and Away

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

On the Bookshelf

On writing in Hebrew, Primo Levi, and endless love

Rooted Cosmopolitanism

How Daniel Mendelsohn’s translations from the Greek illuminate his Jewishness

Idol Chatter

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

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