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

On the Bookshelf

What makes a Jew: Family? Community? Books?

What Is a Jew?

An essay collection explores the complexities of Jewish identity

On the Bookshelf

Diasporas, tomatoes, interstellar Zionists, and more

On the Other Side

Moishe Nadir wrote Yiddish stories for American audiences—on deadline

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