Shalom Goldman is Professor of Religion at Middlebury College. His most recent book is Starstruck in the Promised Land: How the Arts Shaped American Passions about Israel.
The great novelist’s travels in Israel showed him what America had lost
The fates of Herzl’s son and daughters complicate the legendary origin story he shared with the world
The collection of essays by disillusioned former communists has been largely forgotten after decades of global popularity. In our age of ideological extremism, it’s well worth revisiting.
A 700-page Polish novel is all the rage in Israel, but can it heal the rift between Poles and Jews?
Though the great American storyteller never felt at home during his months in Tel Aviv, Israelis saw themselves in his direct sensibility
The senator’s unwavering support for the Jewish state strengthened American-Israeli ties—and ultimately led to his assassination by a Palestinian gunman
Some leading American Jewish Sufis of the early 20th century
Hal Lindsey’s ‘The Late Great Planet Earth’ at 50
One of Martin Luther King Jr.’s closest associates shared his strong and clear support for Zionism
Two European Jewish refugees helped remake the landscape of the possible through their friendship: One was the first prime minister of Israel, and the other was a Buddhist monk
The poet’s philo-Semitism and visit to Jerusalem had a profound influence on him, and on Yehuda Amichai
The Dead Sea Scrolls blew the sci-fi writer’s mind
American penny tunes captured the enormity of early 20th-century epidemics
A co-author of Philip Glass’ Egyptian opera, opening at the Met this weekend, recalls how the monotheistic ‘heretic Pharaoh’ became the fat lady
When the ‘Genius of Soul’ sang ‘Hava Nagila’ with David Ben-Gurion
Europe’s refugee crisis has revived interest among Scandinavians in their nations’ legacies during WWII and overturned some long-held beliefs about their history
The philo-Semitism of an influential American pastor who inspired Martin Luther King Jr., and the role of civil rights in the Jewish cause for nationhood
The Yiddish writer’s re-Judaized imagining of St. Paul turns 75