Our Winter Issue
Mark Anderson’s striking cover of a majestic old elm in winter illustrates two very different features. The first is Barbara Burstin’s moving retelling of the history of Pittsburgh Jewry through the 154-year history of the Tree of Life synagogue. The founders of the congregation called it that because the Torah is called a “tree of life,” after the verse in Proverbs, which brings us to our second feature on Robert Alter’s now-complete translation of the Tanakh. We asked Adele Berlin, David Bentley Hart, Shai Held, Ronald Hendel, Adam Kirsch, and Aviya Kushner to give us close readings of key passages, which they did—brilliantly.
Plus articles by
Gary Saul Morson
Gavriel D. Rosenfeld
Lenin and Maimonides, Communist leaflets and Hebrew verse: What could be more different, in language, in sensibility, in world view?
Tim Grady makes a careful but controversial case about the way Jews contributed to or supported Germany's worst excesses in World War I.
The Last Word
Chaim Weizmann regarded his 1919 agreement with Emir Faisal as an epoch-making treaty. That didn’t turn out to be the case, but a century later an Arab-Zionist alliance may be reemerging.