Today on Tablet
One short drive, Waxman’s new book, and forbidden Tuscan love
It’s the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 astronauts’ arrival on the moon, and on Tablet today Samuel G. Freedman’s recalls of that famous landing, and how it’s linked to a car trip he and his mother took to rescue his sister, Carol, from unhappiness at summer camp. A study finds that more spiritual children are happier children but that religious observance has no similar impact—prompting Tablet parenting columnist Marjorie Ingall to wonder whether Jewish spirituality can truly be divorced from Jewish religious practice. In his weekly look at new books, contributing editor Josh Lambert discusses Rep. Henry Waxman’s memoir, former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dennis Ross’s new Middle East tome, and Israel is Real, by Tough Jews author Rich Cohen. The weekly Vox Tablet podcast features Adam Schell, whose debut novel, Tomato Rhapsody, portrays a forbidden Jewish-Catholic romance in Renaissance Tuscany. And of course, check The Scroll all day for new posts.