Selective Memoir

Before Doctor Zhivago, Pasternak wrote poetry—and about himself

Hirshhorn of Plenty

A leading collector, as remembered by his daughter

A Nation of Commentators

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

False Witness

A play examines the notion that Nazis made soap from Jewish flesh

On the Bookshelf

Crusaders, myths, thrillers, and more

Mommies Dearest

In Daniel Burman’s first play, a son tries to escape his mother’s grasp

The Mute Stones

Once bustling, and long silent, Krakow’s streets sing anew

The Literatures of the Two Easts

Are Hasidism and Zen Buddhism kindred movements?

Rags and Riches

What the new Tin Pan Alley Rag teaches us about Irving Berlin and the other Jews who wrote the American songbook

Capital Growth

An exhibition examines Washington’s Jewish life during the Civil War

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

Letter From Krakow

At annual culture festival, Jewishness is abundant; Jews, scarce

Rooted Cosmopolitanism

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


A documentary examines the life of Gertrude Berg, the driving force behind TV’s The Goldbergs

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