TABLE OF CONTENTS
Welcome to Our 2nd Annual Conference
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.
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.
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.
By: Shai Held
A famous midrash describes Abraham’s encounter with an illuminated palace, or was it a burning palace?
By: Dara Horn
An exhibit explores the vanished world and unseen photographs of Roman Vishniac.
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.
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.
How Britain’s highest court misunderstands Judaism.
By: Leon Wieseltier
The Jewish tradition is a long and great challenge to the consensualist mentality.
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.
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.
The question of conversion has plagued Israeli public discourse since at least 1957, when the National Religious Party protested that roughly 10 percent of immigrants from Russia and Poland were not Jewish under strict halakhic standards.
Tal Keinan argued for a radical transformation of Jewish life in God Is in the Crowd. Our editor wasn't convinced, which led to a pointed but cordial discussion.
Is Renewal a path toward the future or a road away from Judaism?
When Fox News' Lauren Green asked Reza Aslan why, as a Muslim, he would write a book about Jesus, he answered that it was his job as an historian of religions—which would have been a good answer, if it had been true.