The evolution of Jewish American political discourse from outsider counter-culture to ‘never again a victim’
One Middle Eastern nation does indeed pay to influence U.S. foreign policy. Hint: It’s not Israel.
Hamas today is in the same position as Yasser Arafat once was: sacrificing its people to a corrupted ideal
The singer has had better songs, but his new record captures his ideas more clearly than ever
What role does America play in Jewish life, and by extension what kind of Jewish literature can be created here?
New novel ‘The Betrayers’ boldly places at its center the most famous refusenik and all he represents for Soviet Jewry
Just because you’re in synagogue doesn’t mean you have to read what’s in the prayer book
Video: Throw away your jars of gray fish patties. This Rosh Hashanah, make a terrine that’ll have doubters asking for seconds.
A new shoe offers some extra height to Jews of shorter stature. But why prey on insecurities and stereotypes to sell footwear?
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
A thrilling cache of the late writer’s letters
In The Escape, Adam Thirlwell grapples with Jewishness, carnality, and the essence of fiction
Ecumenical political philosophy, ecumenical Zionism, and more
How nine fiction writers handled the theme of the seventh day
In the Glass family apartment, Jewish pork, Davos Shabbos, and more
Salinger may have predated Roth, but he was also a step ahead
Philip Roth and Amos Oz make list of year’s worst literary sex scenes
In ‘The Humbling,’ Philip Roth imagines an actor grappling with the waning of his gifts
Gushingly, about ‘The Humbling,’ dildoes, and the future of books
New books on bodies visible and invisible
Literature award goes to Herta Mueller, not Oz or Roth
Perennial prize-winners, fear of Christ, and Gibson’s luck
Shyne is free, etrogs are inedible, and Roth wins again
Old-school Jewish class distinctions in blogger’s ‘New Yorker’ riposte
The dynamic conductor and genius behind ‘West Side Story’ also wrote classical works. Allen Shawn explores what they reveal.
Batya Ungar-Sargon discusses her exposé on the tax rolls and funding cuts that fueled an ethnic rift in East Ramapo, N.Y.
Some people lean on neighbors for a cup of sugar. The Fruchters, of Memphis, Tennessee, needed theirs to help them keep the Sabbath.