Letters, Summer 2010
Rosenfeld and the Jewish Review of Books, No Jewish Narnia, The Prayers of Others, and More
No Jewish Narnias: A Reply
Michael Weingrad responds to readers of his essay on the dearth of Jewish fantasy literature.
The Kibbutz and the State
How the position of the kibbutz in Israeli society has changed, and why.
The Poet from Vilna
Avrom Sutzkever and Max Weinreich, a memoir.
All the Good Things of Spain
The greatest Hebrew poet gets the English bio he deserves.
Have the Jews been capitalism's best friends or worst enemies, or both?
Does everyone need a Sabbath? Judith Shulevitz thinks so.
The Christian Road to Jerusalem
Looking back on the clash of civilizations.
Montefiore and the Politics of Emancipation
More than a shtadlan.
Friends of Zion
Getting by with a little help from our friends.
The author of Life of Pi trivializes the Holocaust.
The Jewish Jane Austen, or better?
Milton Steinberg's unpublished novel about Hosea was forgotten for a long time. For good reason.
Whither the great anti-American novel?
Underground Man: The Curious Case of Mark Zborowski and the Writing of a Modern Jewish Classic
Life is with People is perhaps the most well-known work of shtetl nostalgia. But how should it be read in light of its author's bloody career as one of Stalin's best spies?
The Limits of Prayer
One who prays to change the past, says the Mishnah, “utters a vain prayer.” A person should not beseech God to undo events that have already taken place, even when the outcome is still unknown. And yet there are circumstances where one is naturally tempted to do just that.
The Rothschilds of the East
The Splendor of the Camondos and the pity of it all.
A new documentary displays the process of conversion to Judaism.
Lost & Found
Rashi and the Crusader: A Legend
Gedaliah ibn Yahya, Matt Goldish
Did the great biblical and talmudic commentator meet Godfrey of Bouilon? A fascinating excerpt from Gedaliah ibn Yahya's Shalshelet ha-Kabbalah.
Moses Mendelssohn Street
Immortality in Jerusalem.
Upmanship & Downmanship
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