The late Iraqi Israeli novelist Samir Naqqash was forever torn between competing loyalties. An English translation of ‘Tenants and Cobwebs,’ his portrait of 1940s Baghdad, shows him to be the tragic chronicler of the uprooting of Iraqi Jews.
Remembering the dead lost under Avigdor Ben-Gal’s pivotal battle to hold the Syrian army on the Golan Heights in the 1973 Yom Kippur War
Bette Howland steps out of the shadow of Saul Bellow
A worthy new biography of the late historian Eric Hobsbawm shows the ardent communist in the crucible of the 20th century
Is equality a danger to freedom in a democratic United States?
National Poetry Month: A long-anticipated new collection infuses beauty and irony into a dystopian war epic
Why are millennials so afraid to get it on? Sex, power, gender, and swiping right, in Kristen Roupenian’s first collection of short stories.
National Poetry Month: Wallace Berman’s son pens a memoir of the temple the Kabbalistic Beat artist made of his own life
National Poetry Month: The fearlessly outspoken critic and Stanford titan on the contemporary poetry canon, the complexities of O.J. Simpson, and the non-Zen of John Cage
In her new book, ‘The Lion’s Den,’ Susie Linfield examines the historical antecedents to the left’s Jewish problem
How two fundamental pillars of Western thought—classical Greek rationalism and monotheistic Jewish faith—collided in a remote area of the archipelago to produce a short-lived but influential communist
New climate-change narratives ordain humans with godly powers to undo and repair the planet. Is it science, or a new religion?
In an excerpt from Ayelet Tsabari’s memoir, ‘The Art of Leaving,’ how a Yemeni grandmother found freedom in Israel, but failed to pass on the immigrant’s new rootedness to her daughters
In a landmark new translation, Robert Alter revives the literary power of a Hebrew masterpiece
In ‘Merchants of Truth,’ an editor of ‘The New York Times’ chronicles the bloodbath of journalism’s demise—and, in turn, inspires revenge fantasies of her own
In the 40 years after the Iranian Revolution, some women memoirists came to see obedience as the opposite of goodness
A new book asks if the early Eastern European proponents of nationhood saw the future Jewish territorial unit in Palestine as a province within a multinational empire
A 1920s epic poem about fear, and Jewish vulnerability, that could have been about 1944—or 2018
A boxed set for the writer’s centenary confirms him as the master of possibility
Emerging writer Hannah Lillith Assadi, daughter of a Jewish mother and a Palestinian father, finds a home in the desert of the American Southwest
An Austrian-born American abstract artist arrives at 87 annī and amazes anew
The Yiddish writer’s re-Judaized imagining of St. Paul turns 75
A remarkable record of miracles performed by Ya’akov Arie Guterman on behalf of simple folk in 19th-century Poland
Episode 158: Iranian political refugee Shay Khatiri on raising $1.2 million for Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, and A.J. Jacobs on his new book about gratitude
Bookworm: Britain’s most prominent defender of the Jews is also a pretty good male mystery writer
Ep. 157: Author Gary Shteyngart and Risk! podcast host Kevin Allison, plus some Cleveland mazels
Abbi Jacobson’s new illustrated memoir is, weirdly, not revealing enough
The ‘gematria’ of status updates, in a new book of poetry by a 21st-century heir to the Kabbalists
A first English translation of the great Italian Jewish author’s single-volume compendium of tales of Ferrara reminds us of the power of his ghosts
How a political fantasy became an excuse for genocidal anti-Semitism