Day School and State; An Apocryphal Footnote; Confirmed as Drowned, and more
When Levinas met a vagabond called Chouchani, he told a friend, “I cannot tell what he knows, all I can say is that all that I know, he knows.” Now that we have dozens of Chouchani’s notebooks, can we finally know what he knew?
The new Koren Tanakh smoothly addresses some thorny questions of biblical translation, including this one: Are there dolphins in the Torah?
A new book on talmudic medicine illustrates the ills of modern academia, argues Shai Secunda.
There was a time when Jewish artists set the tone for North African music, but now only echoes remain.
Jonathan Israel is a minyan of modern revolutionaries.
A new look at the most unlikely alliance that brought the Jewish State into being.
His father recited Modeh Ani every morning and ordered a set of tefillin from Mumbai. Unaware that they were meant to be worn and not merely kept, he put them away on a shelf.
The Jewish sect that rejected cholent.
The famous golem of Prague was invented by a forger, faith healer, amulet salesman–and the most enterprising kosher chicken slaughterhouse supervisor of Montreal.
"The Jewish market has become quite a good one,” a Knopf editor observed; even the “goy polloi” were buying, wrote another staffer.
Grade attempted to perform the impossible: to undo in literature what had occurred in history and revive the dead of Jewish Vilna.
Baram’s characters are righteously indignant at the system and determined to bring it down.
Which son did Abraham favor? Reading "the binding of Isaac" with fresh eyes.
Remembering the ebullient spirit and radical fiction of A. B. Yehoshua.
Scenes from Anita Shapira’s gripping memoir.
On losing one’s self in Walter Benjamin’s final wanderings.
Lost & Found
"As you know, I have no white horse, and, as you also know, the subway is on strike." Unpublished letters and fiction from a brilliant Yiddish author.
For a moment, a literary giant and talmudic genius sparred over the implications of a biblical phrase.