Welcome to the first issue of the Jewish Review of Books.
Why the realists are being unrealistic about American power in the Middle East.
Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks' new translation of the siddur moves Hillel Halkin to reconsider Jewish prayer.
Were Saul Bellow and his friend Isaac Rosenfeld the last Jewish intellectuals of their kind?
So why don’t Jews write more fantasy literature? And a different, deeper but related question: why are there no works of modern fantasy that are profoundly Jewish in the way that, say, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is Christian?
Religion, faith, and the search for tenure at Harvard underpin a comic novel by Rebecca Newberger Goldstein.
Saving God may look Maimonidean on the surface, but Rambam would never agree with Johnston's basic conclusions.
New books about the settlers and the settlements and depth and nuance to the discussions about their existence.
A new book traces the path of American Jews from participation to affiliation.
Can doubt provide the space that allows secular and religious Jews to coexist in Israel?
Theodor Herzl is indisputably Israel’s principal Founding Father. He was not the first person in modern times to call for the creation of a Jewish state, but he summoned…
The novelist Jonathan Rosen has written evocatively of the parallels between rabbinic literature and the World Wide Web: “When I look at a page of Talmud and see…
On the spectrum between animal and divine, where do human beings fall?
“I wanted to write an integrated history,” Saul Friedländer told a magazine in 2007, in an interview marking the long-awaited concluding installment of his Holocaust…
Israeli author Aharon Applefeld sifts through memories to understand the traumas of his past.
“I was a year old,” Rivka Miriam says, “and my father would hold me in his arms and throw me up and down and I laughed and laughed…
What is "Abrahamic" about Judaism, Christianity, and Islam?
How Britain's highest court misunderstands Judaism.
A new Israeli TV show chronicles single life in Jerusalem.
“Who was or is Robert Zimmerman, called Bob Dylan?” Is he a Jew?
Lost & Found
Cannon Fire Over Sarajevo and Sin in Ansbach: A Passage from Rabbi Jacob Emden’s 18th Century Memoir
Jacob Emden get a deserved, if belated, translation into English.
Harvey Pekar's take on Robert Crumb's illustrated book Genesis.