Another egregious campaign by the animal rights group, which once compared Shoah victims to pigs
The Nobel laureate chronicled the American Jewish Experience
Are the lessons and pleasures of the Yiddish master’s ‘The Son From America’ lost on a new generation?
A yearlong first encounter with the great Yiddish author who gave me my middle name
Jews’ interest in angels dates back millennia—as the Israel Museum’s ‘Divine Messengers’ exhibit attests
Starting a conversation about Jewish fiction
In stories written in Poland and the U.S., the modernist master Isaac Bashevis Singer mined folk tales to convey the 20th century’s essential cruelty
In the new collected stories of Nathan Englander, and in his revised Haggadah, Jews cling tenuously to the easily broken chains of tradition
Creating Jewishness in a post-religious age: Leon Uris’ Exodus and S.Y. Agnon’s Only Yesterday paint Israel’s history in broad and fine strokes
Until the widow of Yiddish writer Chaim Grade died last year, his archive was kept locked away in their stuffed apartment. Now it’s up for grabs.
Ransom Center in Austin is a hotbed of Jewish literary papers
An Ezra Jack Keats exhibit at the Jewish Museum underscores the children’s book author and illustrator’s striking ambivalence about his Jewishness
The things we carry
Promised a prized object, an aspiring writer and family friend helped Isaac Bashevis Singer’s widow sort through his possessions. But some things will always remain out of reach.
Thank God we have better stuff to read
Friends and Politics, Part 2: Irving Howe. The prominent critic and I worked on Yiddish translations together, but a dispute over Israel and its Arab neighbors ruptured our relationship—until we reconnected over literature.
Site of famous coaster up for sale
I.J. Singer’s newly reissued The Brothers Ashkenazi may not be on par with the greatest realist epics, but it is an eerie foretelling of Eastern European Jewry’s eventual fate
Match a drink to a novelist
A museum exhibition and a new translation from the Yiddish examine ‘heritage travel’ in the 1930s
Post-Jewish lit, very Jewish lit, and more
The hero of I.B. Singer’s newly reissued The Magician of Lublin is torn between bohemia and bourgeois respectability, Jews and Gentiles
Plus unrest in East J’lem, and more
How to write a Yiddish trend piece
Plus Cameron calls Gaza ‘prison camp,’ and more
Few writers have had champions as fierce as Chaim Grade’s widow, Inna Grade, who died earlier this month
How nine fiction writers handled the theme of the seventh day
I.J. joins I.B. with his own Facebook ‘Appreciation Society’
A novelist reflects on what it means to be a Jewish writer