That Judah, the great victor of the Hanukkah story, ultimately died fighting the Seleucids is something that surprisingly few Jews know. And were the Maccabees actually underdogs?
Two teenaged sisters wrote surprisingly sophisticated and moving poetry about the Maccabees and a medieval massacre.
Gil Troy and Allan Arkush on Troy’s new book, The Zionist Ideas.
While I would like to leave this issue behind us, I have to add one more thing.
You know a review has turned mean-spirited when you’re indicted for crimes you quite carefully didn’t commit.
There were two Jewish shape-shifters in my Faerie and Zion reading this month.
Chaim Potok was a talented polymath. But plays, too—who knew?
O’Brien himself didn’t consider his history of Zionism to be anything more than a bit of haute vulgarization, but it is much more than that. It is one of those uncommon works of political history in which a man who knows how the world works tells a great story with dazzling literary skill.
Many authors have passionate readers, but few have drawn as many self-consciously nutty fans as Saul Bellow.
There is more to discuss in the coming weeks and months, but today instead of words we offer images.