2nd Annual Conference Companion

TABLE OF CONTENTS

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

Was Lincoln Jewish?

Was Lincoln Jewish?

Stuart Schoffman

"Father Abraham became a saint for American Jews, a martyred Moses who revered the Bible," writes Stuart Schoffman of the post-Civil War view of President Lincoln. But was he also "bone from our bone and flesh from our flesh"? Henry Vidaver thought so...

Balm in Gilead

Gita Segal Rotenberg

After reading through dozens of entries into our Reader Review Competition, we are pleased to announce that Gital Segal Rotenberg has been chosen as the winner. Her review of Dati Normali appears today. We thank all our readers who participated! 

Tragedy and Comedy in Black and White

Tragedy and Comedy in Black and White

Sarah Rindner

Lately it seems to be the season of haredim on screen. Sarah Rindner's immersion in this very particular oeuvre began with Shtisel, the 2013 runaway hit Israeli TV series, which depicts a haredi family in Jerusalem in all of its complicated, charming dysfunction.

The Home Front

The Home Front

Allan Arkush

Eating very long breakfasts, lunches, and dinners with dozens of aging members of the Greatest Generation was the best part of Arkush's teaching experience.