American as Apple Pie

A new book probes how 20th-century Jewish leaders marketed their faith

Butcher Boy

What makes the guts of a novel Jewish?

A Poet

How Louis Zukofsky grappled with Marxism, music, and math


A Coney Island diary

Labor of Love

An editor looks back on 50 years at the helm of a leading Israeli literary magazine

The Long War


Were Marranos the first of the moderns?

Aleph Vet

A glimpse inside the world of Vietnam’s Jewish GIs

Swallowed Whole

Réjean Ducharme’s mysterious 1966 novel

Eastern Exposure

A new book examines the world of Israel’s ‘Arab Jews’

Big Bang

With Lionel Trilling and Robert Giroux cheerleading, Sam Astrachan had a stellar future. Then the glimmer faded.

Second Fiddle

Sholem Aleichem’s newly-translated novel fails to rise to the heights reached by his stories

Where the Heart Is

A 1951 novel parses the meaning of home

On the Shekhina’s Wings

A new collection offers four centuries of women’s spiritual literature

The Lost World

Why Gregor von Rezzori yearned for an era he never knew

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