Are Ashkenazi Jews Descended From Khazars?

New research in the ongoing academic debate says no

A Yom Kippur Playlist for 5774

Featuring Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen, and Idan Raichel

The Quality of Hillel Halkin’s Longing

A review of Halkin’s ‘Melisande! What are Dreams?’

Poem Love

In a recent performance of Schubert’s and Schumann’s settings of Heinrich Heine’s poetry, tenor Ian Bostridge and pianist Thomas Adès excelled

From Israel to Florida, and Back

Comment of the Week

A New Translation of Yehuda Halevi

In a whole new font!

Letters Lost and Found

Type designer Scott-Martin Kosofsky explains the creation of Le Bé, his new digitization of a beautiful 16th-century Hebrew typeface. It debuts in The Selected Poems of Yehuda Halevi, a Nextbook Press e-book published this week.

Faustian Bargains

There are two stories of Germany and Jews: the culture of assimilated German Jews and the meeting of German culture with Jewish religion

Another View of ‘Cordoba’

Does history live up to the Islamic center’s ideal?

Why Cordoba?

The Ground Zero Islamic center was named for a period in Spanish-Muslim history that some call a golden age of tolerance

Halkin and Wisse and Shulevitz, Oh My!

The latest ‘Jewish Review of Books’

Jewish Review of Books on Yehuda Halevi

“Hillel Halkin has done a superb job in responding to these challenges in what is, in my view, his best book.”

‘Yerushalayim Shel Zahav’ Today

And the song’s Yehuda Halevi connection

We Have a Poetry Contest Winner!

Read Susan Comninos’ poem

At Such a Time, My Eyes Can’t Hold

Your daily poetry fix

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