Dangerous Liaisons: Modern Scholars and Medieval Relations Between Jews and Christians
In the spring of 1942—which, as Mel Brooks noted, was “winter for Poland and France”—Salo Baron published a boldly revisionist article. He was thinking of present-day Europe, a 12th-century Jewish woman named Polcelina, and perhaps also his colleagues.
A new intellectual biography explores the thought and legacy of Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook.
Eden in a Distant Land
A new biography of Abraham Cahan unpacks how a young immigrant from Lithuania created the Forward and changed American Jewry.
History, Memory, and the Fallen Jew
Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi predicted a day when the historian would give his task over to the poet. A retrospective look at his writings show his own struggle between the claims of academic history and Jewish memory.
Jokes and Justice
We were sitting in our apartment one evening when a Spanish philosopher dropped in ...
Letters, Spring 2014
Spy vs. Spy, Where Shall Wisdom Be Found?, Gordis' Requiem & More
Life with S’chug
Einat Admony, who was raised by an Iraqi mother and a Persian father in Bnei Brak and now runs gourmet Middle Eastern fusion restaurants, is a new wave balaboosta.
Nation and Narrative
The sons of Israel, from the kibbutz to the hesder yeshiva, came together to liberate Jerusalem in 1967. Yossi Klein Halevi portrays Israel by tracing their diverging paths in the years since.
John Judis book about Truman's Middle East policy isn't a rant, but it's not exactly history either.
Our Master, May He Live
Rashi's commentary on the Chumash isn't just about textual puzzles, it's about God's love for the Jewish people. So argues Avraham Grossman in a new biography.