On June 2, 2014, the Jewish Review of Books and Yale University Press hosted an evening for our editorial board member Hillel Halkin’s brilliant new biography of Vladimir Jabotinsky at YIVO. In addition to Halkin, the panelists were JRB editor Abraham Socher, Columbia professor Rachel Kobrin and The New York Times cultural critic-at-large Edward Rothstein. To watch an excerpt from the evening, click here or watch below.
In a characteristic turn of phrase, Der Nister wrote that the realization of the possibility of a land for Jews, where they lived under their own sovereignty would be a “brokhe af doyres” (blessing for future generations). The bitter irony is almost unbearable.
Michael Weingrad discusses how two of the most highly praised novels of 2018, Dara Horn’s Eternal Life and Sarah Perry’s Melmoth, feature a Jewish woman born in ancient Judea who still walks the earth today.
Abraham Joshua Heschel’s intellectual peers included Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik, Reinhold Niebuhr, and the Lubavitcher Rebbe. His main thought, Shai Held argues, was of transcendence.
Reformers and democrats are the real hope for a future of peace, liberty, and stability in the Middle East. This historic moment presents the West with a remarkable opportunity.