Our Fall Issue
Mark Anderson’s playful cover riffs on a 16th-century image of a kabbalist while referring to our lead articles: Steven Aschheim’s comprehensive review of four (!) new biographies of the great modern scholar of Jewish mysticism Gershom Scholem, and Eitan Fishbane’s dive into the depths of the Zohar.
- Robert Alter
- Rich Cohen
- Stuart Schoffman
- Michael Weingrad
- Ruth R. Wisse
Zionism has long based its claim to sovereignty on the universal right to national self-determination, and the phrase “like all other nations” has been incorporated into Israel’s Declaration of Independence, yet the goal of “normalization” has proven to be much more complicated than most early Zionists had thought.
After the war, the great Jewish historian Salo Baron wrote to Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, for help with his work on the Commission on European Jewish Cultural Reconstruction. As Hannah Arendt suggested in a side note to Baron, the commission probably wasn't “kosher” enough for Schneersohn, but their exchange illuminates a dark historical moment.
The Last Word
Daniel Matt’s massive new English edition of the Zohar is not only a great translation, it is also one of the great commentaries on the classic work of Jewish mysticism. Insofar as it is possible, Matt has brought the unfathomable, mysterious, and poetic depths of this “book of radiance” to the English reader.