Historian Gil Troy recently published an updated and expanded version of Arthur Hertzberg’s classic anthology of Zionist thought, The Zionist Idea. Troy’s The Zionist Ideas: Visions for the Jewish Homeland—Then, Now, Tomorrow (Jewish Publication Society) collects 170 diverse voices on Zionism.
Allan Arkush critiqued The Zionist Ideas in our Fall 2018 issue. Troy responded to Arkush, first by commenting on our website and then in a full piece found here. Arkush’s response to Troy can be read here. Among other things, this lively exchange concerns the sources of Theodore Herzl’s Zionism and whether and in what ways Troy’s book is a worthy successor to Hertzberg’s original.
A timely look at the intellectual father of radical Islam.
Sigmund Freud loved Jewish jokes and for many years collected material for the study that would appear in 1905 as Jokes and Their Relation to the Unconscious. An excerpt from Ruth Wisse's new book No Joke: Making Jewish Humor.
Ben Hecht’s life should come with a warning label: Biographer, beware. A trickster, a prankster, a cool Wildean ironist, he was always a fast-moving target.
Michael Weingrad discusses how two of the most highly praised novels of 2018, Dara Horn’s Eternal Life and Sarah Perry’s Melmoth, feature a Jewish woman born in ancient Judea who still walks the earth today.