Letters Fall 2014

Cardinal Dulles' Inspiration, Did Sacks Write a Sermon?, Heidegger v. Reason, & More


The Ethics of Protective Edge

How does one deal with Hamas, an enemy that has eliminated any trace of the distinction between combatants and non-combatants, except for the purposes of propaganda?


Muscular Judaism

The history of Jewish boxers such as Daniel Mendoza in England is as central to understanding the entry of Jews into European society as the better-known and much-researched history of Jewish salonnières and intellectuals in Berlin and Vienna.

Zionism’s Forgotten Father

Nathan Birnbaum, one of Zionism's early leaders, looked like Herzl and wrote like Herzl (albeit not as successfully). But his unusual trajectory has reduced the space that might have been assigned to him in the history of Zionism.

Poland’s Jewish Problem: Vodka?

Jewish-run taverns—rowdy, often very seedy drink-holes—served to cement, rather than sour, the impossibly tense and intertwined lives of Poles and Jews, as a new book by Glenn Dynner shows.

Like an Elevator

At the height of his fame in the 1930s, Stefan Zweig was the most translated author in the world. He may also have been the most hated.

Something Borrowed

Boris Fishman's debut novel A Replacement Life has a talented author, hefty themes, a clever and wide-ranging conceit, but somehow the whole is less than the sum of its parts.

The Arts

I Believe: A Poem

Please remember, contestants, to phrase your answer in the form of a question.                —Alex Trebek, host of Jeopardy!™ I believe with a perfect faith in the coming of the…

Available Light: Pictures from Yemen

Yihye Haybi, a Jewish medical assistant to an Italian doctor in Sana'a, found himself in possession of a camera. Self-taught and working under difficult circumstances, he captured the waning days of Yemen's ancient Jewish community.

Lost & Found


Last Word

The Digression

A doctor walks into the examination room and tells his patient that the drugs aren’t working and there isn’t anything else to try . . .

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