Baruch Obama

How a black president was imagined as a Jewish one, more or less

Fighting Words

Can literature help bring peace to the Middle East?

Books That Have Read Me

The works that shaped my imagination

Marked Man

Ami Silber imagines a virtuosic con artist in 1940s Los Angeles

Politics of the Everyday

Novelist Yael Hedaya explores the daily struggles of modern Israelis

Get Over Yourself

How useful are self-help books?

Reality Check

Dave Sim’s comic-book history of anti-Semitism

The Paragraph That Changed My Life

On Yaakov Shabtai’s Past Continuous

American Psyche

Philip Roth’s latest protagonist—a teenager—has some adjustment issues

Spirits in the Material World

Uncovering the legend of the dybbuk

Follow the Goat

Why the Israeli writer S.Y. Agnon still matters

The Village

A young German reinvents the Holocaust novel

Third Life

For Jakov Lind, reinvention was the heart of fiction

Free Spirit

Danya Ruttenberg spent years wrestling with religion. Today she’s a rabbi.

Strange Bedfellow

Benjamin Disraeli’s remarkable political career.

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