Defending Steinberg, Spy Stories, and Rashi & Richard the Lionheart.
David Grossman has for sometime been one of Israel's most talented and important writers. In many of his novels, his feeling for adolescence—one is tempted to say, his identification with it—has been so brilliantly intuitive that the imagining of adulthood has scarcely been possible. In To the End of the Land, Grossman makes his breakthrough.
The Kafka myths, and the "myth-busters" who make them.
The 1948 War and the problems it left unresolved have returned to the top of the agenda for both diplomats and historians.
A mysterious memoir of planes, Marx, and minyans.
Many have marveled at the wisdom of the biblical books attributed to King Solomon. Here, in a new translation by Robert Alter, is Proverbs' account of the birth of Wisdom herself, from The Wisdom Books: Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes: A Translation with Commentary, now out with Norton.
The reimagining of an ancient architectural ritual.
The surprising story of Elias Bickerman and his scholarship.
Despite its tiny numbers, the Hasidic group known as Chabad or Lubavitch has transformed the Jewish world. Not only the most successful contemporary Hasidic sect, it might be the most successful Jewish religious movement of the second half of the twentieth century. But two new books raise provocative questions about it.
A popular new book deals with differences between the world's religions, but misses the mark in several of them.