A new book shows how Austrian Chancellor Bruno Kreisky was the ancestor of the Jews who now serve in the hate-Israel movement
How did Mohamed Merah happen? In the third of a five-part series on anti-Semitism in France, the roots of the Toulouse gunman.
‘You do not have the right to invoke my people’s struggle for your shoddy purposes’
With the No. 1 album in America, the parodist proves yet again the full depth of his genius
Tablet Original Fiction: Angela loves Paul loves Claire loves Adam loves Angela
Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is the best film of 2014, and one of the least Jewish movies ever made
For two weeks at Camp Simcha every summer, campers aren’t kids with cancer or kids with cerebral palsy. They’re just kids.
Antic embellishments, like Esther being good in bed, help Talmudic rabbis to more fully explicate the text’s divine meaning
Irving Finkel, an expert on ancient Mesopotamia, decodes a Babylonian tablet and traces its path to the Book of Genesis
A birthday visit with M.H. Abrams, peer of Trilling, teacher of Bloom, and editor of the Norton Anthology
Five Books, holiday edition: Nine hardbacks—including Philip Schultz’s memoir, a history of the orgasm, and Alfred Kazin’s journals—for the readers on your list
Alfred Kazin brought out the Jew in Emerson, the mystic in sex, and the terrible beauty in community. There’s no better guide for the “social me” age.
Junketing to South America in the late 1960s with Robert Lowell, a wealthy Venezuelan, and Alfred Kazin. An excerpt from the forthcoming memoir Lucky Bruce.
Yuri Suhl’s One Foot in America, a long-lost novel of Jewish American immigration that reads like a more Dickensian take on Henry Roth’s Call It Sleep, has been republished and deserves a new audience
Alfred Kazin’s journals were more than just repositories for literary reflections; they were the laboratories in which he fashioned the writer—and Jew—he aspired to be
A new biography tries to untangle painter Lee Krasner from the husband whose outsize personality and paint-splattered canvasses left her in the shadows
Jotted down: letters, diaries, recipes, and other random scribblings
David Grossman, Amos Oz, and A.B. Yehoshua have won international acclaim for being the intellectual leaders of Israel’s peace camp. It’s undeserved.
An excerpt from a new history of Commentary shows how the fiction published in the magazine’s early years shook not just the world of Jewish literature but the very foundations of American letters
We are all Rashi’s heirs, but what, exactly, is our inheritance?
Jewish writers and writing of the (last) Depression
A popular Yiddish novelist strove for immortality by taking on Jesus, but it cost him his core audience and made him a marked man
Israelis debate end goals of the campaign
Norman Finkelstein, Benjamin Kunkel, Corey Robin among those arrested
‘Schindler’s List’ is a story of redemption—for both the film’s protagonist and its director
And why reporters won’t talk about it
Synagogue and Jewish cars defaced with ‘Hamas’ graffiti
We decided to start sleep training my son, and then the war broke out
Hopes for a ceasefire quashed by renewed hostilities
Chabad crashes Comic-Con
New York, NYRB and Andrew Sullivan promulgate problematic claim
How one shy, whistle-blowing intern in an Amsterdam archive uncovered a travesty that insulted a decimated community
Two economists argue that literacy, not laws forbidding land ownership, created a small, widely dispersed and highly skilled minority