Tracing the birth of ‘Jewish studies’ as we know it
Newly reissued: the underappreciated writer’s 7-volume, multigenerational Gollantz Saga, an epic of 19th-c. European Jewry
An impressive new biography looks at the original Jewish leftist—and shines light on the appeal of radical politics for Jews
Thousands of Jews fled 19th-century Russia for the South American Pampas. Can their unique heritage survive?
Helene Wecker’s new The Golem and the Jinni reads like When Harry Met Sally, if Harry and Sally were beasts
A Yale president’s forebear was an enigmatic and pro-Christian member of the famed rabbinic dynasty
A provocative Paris show of Orientalist art charts the European encounter with Sephardic Jewry
In a new novel, 19th-century Europe is a land of ominous mystery, and a Parisian junk shop is the passage to a lost world. An excerpt.
A conversation with Umberto Eco, whose new novel imagines one of the most anti-Semitic characters in fiction
In 1843, British novelist Grace Aguilar was a household name on both sides of the Atlantic. So how come we’ve never heard of her?
Finding things in common with a boy from old L