Should We Forgive General Grant?

A historical debate hatches in New York

Gen. Grant’s Expulsion of the Jews

Looking at the infamous Civil War edict

The Classic Kiddush Trio

How schnapps, herring, and bowtie cookies became standard fare in shul—and why they’re making a comeback

New York’s Pro-Slavery Rabbi

Congregants gathering at the famously liberal B’nai Jeshurun may not know about a dark chapter in its past

When President Obama Extolled the Jews

The President turned to Nextbook Press’ author for his speech

General Frenemy

In 1862, Ulysses S. Grant issued an order expelling all Jews from his territory. Turns out, that was a good thing. Historian Jonathan Sarna explains.

Let’s Read ‘General Grant’!

Introducing Scroll Book Club

The Jewish Vote and the Nagging Question of Dual Loyalty

Charges have dogged American Jews since the 1868 election, as Jonathan Sarna explains in ‘When General Grant Expelled the Jews’

When Haman Wore the Union Blues

An excerpt from new release When General Grant Expelled The Jews

Sundown: Palestinian Stations Raided

Plus meh, and meh

Happy Birthday, President Lincoln

Former president appears in forthcoming Nextbook Press book

How Jewish Is Lady Grantham?

Jonathan Sarna weighs in on 19th century Cincinnati Jewry

Bridgetown

A new Federation census doubled the Jewish population of Portland, Ore., overnight. Now the question is who they are and how to connect with them.

Where Jews Stood on Slavery

The Civil War divded more than just North and South

On the Bookshelf

Shifting foundations: of five-legged tables and other theories of Jewish identity

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