Today in Tablet Magazine, Rodger Kamenetz, author of a forthcoming Nextbook Press book about Franz Kafka as well as a longtime New Orleanian, considers what Kafka would have thought of the current catastrophe in the Bayou. Mideast columnist Lee Smith profiles Israeli ambassador Michael Oren, who insists that Israel has been so good and loyal an ally to the United States that little can seriously threaten that relationship. And The Scroll is ready for another good year.