Spring 2011

Spring 2011
Subscribe for PDF and app access

Letters

Letters, Spring 2011

Independence in prayer, Sari Nusseibeh's "state," and the heirs of secularism.

Features

Israel and the Old-New Middle East

The social and political realities of the Middle East make democracy unlikely. A rough neighborhood may be getting rougher.

Passover on the Potomac

As the holiday of freedom approaches, we explore two haggadahs—one old and one new—from our nation's capital, and think about the "audacious hope" of redemption.

Thinking About Revolution and Democracy in the Middle East: A Symposium

Since January of this year, revolution has spread across North Africa and the Middle East with such velocity that predicting exactly what will happen next is probably a fool's errand. In this issue, we have asked seven writers to return to their bookshelves and tell us what books, authors, and arguments they find helpful in thinking through the causes and implications of these surprising events.

The Stakes in the Middle East

Reformers and democrats are the real hope for a future of peace, liberty, and stability in the Middle East. This historic moment presents the West with a remarkable opportunity.

Reviews

Begin's Shakespeare

Memories of Israel's early prime ministers, by the man who wrote their speeches.

Biblical Start-Ups

A prominent Israeli novelist on novelties in the Bible.

Grading Parents

Tips for Tiger Mothers, Panda Fathers, and everything in between.

The Hands of Others

Many people know of Mufti al-Husseini's SS activities. But how many Arabs shared his admiration for Hitler and attraction to Nazism?

Melting Pot

Joan Nathan's search for Jewish cooking in France yields some surprising results.

Our Exodus

How did a high-school dropout named Leon Uris pen one of the most influential novels of all time?

Lucky Grossman

Vasily Grossman was one of the principal voices of anti-Nazi resistance, and a legendary journalist who spent 1000 days at the front during World War II.

Qutb's Milestones

A timely look at the intellectual father of radical Islam.

Buried Treasure

Hundreds of thousands of Jewish manuscripts were redeemed from Egypt.

That in Aleppo Once

Does the most accurate biblical text belong in the synagogue, or in a museum?

The Chief Rabbi's Achievement

Lord Jonathan Sacks is the most gifted expositor of Judaism in our day, and has written more than 20 books that are both learned and very accessible.

Readings

Law in the Desert

Studying the weekly portion with Jerome, Nachmanides, and others, the seemingly tedious parts of Exodus become compelling.

Last Word

Trashing Dictatorship in Cairo

Tahrir Square isn't the only thing Egypt's democrats need to clean up before democracy takes hold in their country.

« Back to Archive

Most Read

What Jesus Wasn’t: Zealot

When Fox News' Lauren Green asked Reza. . .

Conservative Judaism: A Requiem

In 1971, 41 percent of American Jews. . .

Editors' Picks

A View from Reservoir Hill

A shul that never left the Old Jewish. . .

Poland’s Jewish Problem: Vodka?

Jewish-run taverns—rowdy, often very. . .

In The Next JRB

  • Uri Bar-Joseph on Guy Laron’s The Six-Day War: The Breaking of the Middle East
  • Jon D. Levenson’s reconsideration of Allan Bloom and the “Great Books” idea on the 30th anniversary of The Closing of the American Mind
  • Ruby Namdar on an ambitious new translation of S.Y. Agnon
  • And more...
Copyright © 2017 Jewish Review of Books. All Rights Reserved. | Site by W&B