Imagining the Lives of the Jewish Mothers Behind Famous Jews

How Jewish moms might have put their kids on the path to greatness—perhaps unintentionally

Rabbi Wolpe’s Picks: Kafka at the Spa

‘The Lost Worlds of Jewish Spa Culture,’ by Mirjam Zadoff

The First Rosh Hashanah After Hurricane Katrina

Eight years after the devastating storm, remembering the first High Holidays

Charmin Bear Reads Kafka on the Toilet

New toilet paper ad gets literary with ‘The Metamorphosis’ cameo

New Books for Your Kids’ Summer Reading List: Jewish-Themed Fantasy Stories

New titles, for three different age groups, offer young readers an escape into fantastical fiction—with a Jewish twist

Kafka and the Mess of Peace Negotiations

Nothing’s changed, nothing looks to change

The Beilis Conspiracy

A century after the last blood libel trial, the idea that Jews drink Christian vital fluid is still alive and well

River of Berman

A tribute to the free-associating genius of the Silver Jews, whose work has flowed in and out of my life

Kafka’s Yom Kippur Appeal

A century ago this High Holiday, Franz Kafka composed two masterworks, both informed by his Jewish heritage

John Updike the Jew

In his Bech books, the great novelist of American WASPdom parsed the allure and otherness of Jewish writers

The Best Holocaust Novel Ever

Franz Werfel’s classic The Forty Days of Musa Dagh, about the Armenian Genocide, gets a new translation

Sundown: Biden Defends Israeli Self-Defense

Plus Obama forsakes sticks and stones against Syria, and more

Seeing Double

A Jewish literature is easy to identify. But defining Jewish art is a task of Talmudic complexity, as a new book, Jewish Art, makes clear.

Grossman Makes Obama’s Summer Reading List

A few more suggestions

One Paragraph, A Whole New Experience

Lost Books

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