God, Torah, and Israel: An Exchange
For twenty-five years, Gershom Scholem and Hannah Arendt, two of the most gifted, influential, and opinionated Jewish intellectuals of the 20th century, maintained a remarkable correspondence. Recently published, these illuminating letters provide a rare glimpse into a relationship that has too often been described as adverserial.
Was Simon Wiesenthal an intrepid hunter of mass murderers? Or was he in fact more of a charlatan than a hero? Tom Segev's new biography of the most successful—and controversial—Nazi-hunter raises more questions than it cares to answer.
How did a Brooklyn-based, Orthodox publishing house corner the market on religious texts in America?
The author of The Dybbuk lives on in a new biography.
On tradition as a first language.
Treasure and tragedy in the letters of Stefan and Lotte Zweig, one of the most famous literary couples of the early 20th century.
Roth's new novel takes surprising turns on familiar territory.
The "Other" Jewish tradition.
The Jewish woman, before feminism.
One of the many pleasures of the recently published Saul Bellow: Letters is how it reacquaints us with Bellow's wry, poignant, infectiously erudite voice. This is all the more surprising because he wasn't, or at least so he insisted, a natural-born letter writer. As in his literature, Bellow's language is so stunning that one wonders whether he was writing to both his correspondents, and to readers like us.
What has happened to the Religious Zionist rabbinate?
Sari Nusseibeh's recent book is a new formulation of an old proposal.
Isaac Casaubon, the Hellenist who loved Hebrew.
A celebrated Jewsh novelist steps into the religion-science debate.
The next big thing in prayer.
Judaism and Americanism, Young Tel Aviv, Psalms in the Arctic, Haym Solomon, and Funnyman
YIVO/Yeshiva University Museum's recent exhibit of pre-war home videos provides an extraordinary view into the lives of ordinary people.
The story of MAD magazine's litvak.
Lost & Found
Dubnov's magisterial autobiography, written while Dubnov was in exile from both the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany, takes the reader on a deeply personal journey through nearly a century of upheaval for the Jews of Eastern Europe. A new translation.
A memoir of faith, literature, and chickens.