Letters, Winter 2023
From the Editor: As we were closing this issue, I was, like you, talking with friends about the recent Israeli election—the usual conversations, half potted punditry (at least on my…
On That Distant Day
Benjamin Netanyahu is back in the Prime Minister’s chair, but where are the factions who put him there taking Israel?
Like a Son of Man
Who gets to anoint the Messiah?
The (Railroad) Baron
How the man who built the Orient Express lost track of his legacy.
A Perfect Spy?
Was the original James Bond a Jew from Odessa?
Context and Content
How can Zionism’s biggest critics know so little about its history?
The Fierce Lust for Contemplation
How did traditional yeshivas become fertile ground for radical literature?
Life and Text
Should we read our own experiences like the Zohar reads the Torah?
Tradition and Imagination
Jewish fiction’s long memory.
How did the world's most antisemitic play become a symbol of positive Christian-Jewish relations? Karma Ben Johanan's new book explores an evolving dynamic.
To Whom It May Concern: Mordecai Kaplan the Diarist
The father of Reconstructionist Judaism left behind a towering legacy, and seventy-seven years of personal Journals—a tightly scrawled window into his mind.
George Lichtheim’s Marxmanship
The brief, wondrous life of a renegade intellectual.
A Spielbergian Fable with an Opaque Moral.
Lost & Found
The Tikkun in Sutzkever’s Work
Elie Wiesel, translated and introduced by Allan Nadler
Elie Wiesel explores the soul and purpose of Holocaust poetry.
The World is Round
The heckler’s guide to beating an antisemite.
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