Hannah's vow binds Samuel to an altar just as Abraham bound Isaac, but her sacrifice has a different origin and her story a different ending.
What happens when pop culture becomes responsible for maintaining historical memory? Benjamin Weiner has a bad feeling about it.
How the land of opportunity became the opportune land for Jews to thrive.
The book of Ruth has inspired Oscar-winning films, medieval kabbalists, rugged kibbutzniks, and gifted artists. What is it about this book that makes it so engaging?
“The book’s greatest contribution is fighting Jewish historical amnesia.”
Why is this Targum different from all other Targums?
3,500 years ago, Israelite parents explained wonders to their children and created the very first Maggid story.
Eric Alterman and Allan Arkush have a heated exchange on Israel, American Jewry, and the role of a historian.
I didn’t know that there was anyone left in the academic world who held as simplistic view of history as the one that Eric Alterman espouses in his response to my review (“Context and Content,” Winter 2023). The historian’s job, he says, “is not to voice disapproval or approval” of anything. Consequently, he endorses “nothing and no one in this…
Allan Arkush must be developing quite a reputation for himself as JRB’s chief of its pro-Israel thought police—I suppose I should be honored. Joshua Cohen went on to receive a Pulitzer Prize for a recent book for which Arkush attempted a no-less comically inept attack in these same pages. Sadly, he has not improved with practice. I suppose it’s possible…