S. Y. Agnon curated a stunning anthology of Jewish texts, published later in English as Days of Awe. In his introduction to the anthology, the eminent scholar Judah Goldin grappled with the idea of awe—and so does this author.
Emma Lazarus’s 1882 poem for Rosh Hashanah responded to the crises of her day, foreshadowed “The New Colossus,” and resonates today.
A quick look at Jewish books being published this month.
Five leading Jewish thinkers discuss the continuing impact of the American melting pot.
A rejoinder to Jack Wertheimer, David Biale, Edieal Pinker, and Erica Brown.
Response #4: “On the bottom of the pot live Jewish clichés, nostalgia, kitschiness, and an uninformed Jewish pride.”
Response #3: Edieal Pinker argues from statistics that American Jewry is at an inflection point containing the seeds of a revival.
Response #2: David Biale revisits his provocative 1998 essay on Jewish assimilation.
Response #1: Jack Wertheimer argues that Jewish assimilation is not an inexorable process.
Late August 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth and the first Yahrzeit of his brother, Burton, who wrote an incredible family memoir.