2nd Annual Conference Companion


Welcome to Our 2nd Annual Conference


A Mechitza, the Mufti, and the Beginnings of the Arab-Israeli Conflict

By: Allan Arkush

In his latest book, Hillel Cohen offers an analysis of the Arab-Jewish violence of 1929 that goes very much against the grain of the usual Zionist narrative and even the non-partisan historical research concerning this period.

The Jewish Turn of Norman Podhoretz

By: Eric Cohen

Thomas L. Jeffers’ biography of Norman Podhoretz charts his rise from a young voice of the anti-Communist left to a leading neoconservative and American Zionist.

At the Threshold of Forgiveness: A Study of Law and Narrative in the Talmud

By: Moshe Halbertal

In the season of repentance, it is not only the laws of the rabbis, but their stories as well, that teach us how—and how not—to forgive.

Wonder and Indignation: Abraham’s Uneasy Faith

By: Shai Held

A famous midrash describes Abraham’s encounter with an illuminated palace, or was it a burning palace?

The Vanishing Point

By: Dara Horn

An exhibit explores the vanished world and unseen photographs of Roman Vishniac.

A Spy’s Life

By: Amy Newman Smith

Sylvia Rafael: The Life and Death of a Mossad Spy opens not with an intrepid secret agent about to pull o a bold maneuver, as books with such titles usually do, but with nine men gathered around a table in 1977, studying a picture of an Israeli agent.

Irving Kristol, Edmund Burke, and the Rabbis

By: Meir Soloveichik

Irving Kristol started off as a neo-Trotskyite and famously became the “godfather of neoconservatism.” But his idiosyncratic “neo-Orthodoxy” lasted a lifetime.

Discrimination and Identity in London: The Jewish Free School Case

By: Joseph H.H. Weiler

How Britain’s highest court misunderstands Judaism.

The Argumentative Jew

By: Leon Wieseltier

The Jewish tradition is a long and great challenge to the consensualist mentality.

Coming with a Lampoon

By: Ruth R. Wisse

Jacobson is a world master of the art of disturbing comedy and each new work of his advances the genre—his novel J by a giant step.

How the Baby Got Its Philtrum

By: Abraham Socher

The idea of learning as a recovery of what we once possessed is what makes Bogart’s bubbe mayse, and ours, so memorable: We can all touch that little hollow and feel the impress of forgotten knowledge.

Suggested Reading

Manufacturing Falsehoods

Manufacturing Falsehoods

Jeffrey Herf

An immense echo-chamber has been built, and the line is always the same: Israel is not allowed to be a country like any other.

A Golem in Argentina

A Golem in Argentina

Henry Gonshak

When an indigenous Argentine woman falls in love with a golem, her grandmother creates a love potion to win the golem’s (perhaps non-existent?) heart. What could possibly go wrong?

In Memory of Judah Maccabee

In Memory of Judah Maccabee

Allan Arkush

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?