Aaron Hamburger is the author of the story collection The View from Stalin’s Head, awarded the Rome Prize by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the novels Faith for Beginners and Nirvana Is Here. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, and elsewhere.

Day School Bullies

I was ridiculed and physically abused for being the wrong kind of Jewish boy. As a result, it took decades to come to terms with my identity.


My Grandmother, the Undocumented Immigrant

On a recent trip to Cuba, I learned more about my grandmother’s journey to America—and the different ways my family has interpreted that piece of our history


Seven Layers of Heaven

It’s long been a staple of the Jewish bakeries. Now you can make a perfect seven-layer cake at home.

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