Our Winter Issue
Our terrific new issue is up on our homepage and headed to your mailbox. Mark Anderson’s engaging cover illustrates Glikl bas Leyb, often called Glikl of Hameln, juggling her groundbreaking writing, business, and family. Inside you’ll find two stories she wrote, from Chava Turniansky’s definitive new edition.
Other highlights include Allan Arkush’s review of Jessica Cooperman’s fascinating exploration of how giving soldiers wholesome recreation during World War I pushed religious pluralism forward in America, Jesse Tisch’s deep dive into a new biography of Mel Brooks, Elisheva Carlebach’s review of the Jewish Political Tradition project, and Steven J. Zipperstein on Bellow biographer James Atlas.
Stephen J. Whitfield
Martin Buber’s call for a “Jewish renaissance” provided a generation of young Jews estranged from their heritage with a vision of Judaism they could identify with.
Irving Berlin was generating Tin Pan Alley hits before Ronald Reagan was born and was still writing lyrics when the elderly Reagan occupied the White House.
The Last Word
Despite his incontestable Jewishness, Jesus never participated in a Seder as the Mishnah describes it any more than he intended for Judeans to abandon biblical law for the worship of God’s only begotten son.