September 19, 2018

Jonathan Kirsch

On our first trip to Israel, we traveled via Rome to Jerusalem.
If there is a single moment in the year when we pause to reflect on what it means to be a Jew, surely it comes during the High Holy Days.
A poignant and chilling story about the 1972 hijacking of a Sabena airliner is told by Ehud Barak in his newly published memoir,
Dennis Prager, author of “Exodus: God, Slavery, and Freedom,” responded in writing to questions posed by the Jewish Journal.
Shavuot is a festival with three names: the Feast of Weeks, the Day of the First Fruits, and the Harvest Feast.
Theodor Adorno famously insisted that “to write a poem after Auschwitz is barbaric,” and Primo Levi introduced his readers to a...
“The Stakes of History: On the Use and Abuse of Jewish History for Life” by David N. Myers (Yale University Press) comes at a moment...
The biography of God has been written many times, starting in the Torah and continuing over the millennia that have passed since...
Gil Troy, author of “The Zionist Ideas,” spoke with the Jewish Journal by phone from Jerusalem. Jewish Journal: The late Rabbi Arthur...
Today, as we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel, it is all too easy to forget how long the Jewish...
Holocaust Remembrance Day dares us to consider the most agonizing question of all — what have we learned from history, and how can we...
A family of my close acquaintance still uses the Maxwell House Haggadah at every seder. It’s a deeply familiar haggadah that...
We are still arguing among ourselves over whether the two-state solution is dead, but here’s a question that is rarely, if ever, asked:
Let’s start by deciphering the strange punctuation that appears in the title of “(((Semitism))): Being Jewish in America in the Age of...
A doctor of my acquaintance recently circulated a letter to announce the closing of his practice after a long, productive and...
Ayelet Gundar-Goshen’s “Waking Lions” (Back Bay Books/Little, Brown), a tense psychological thriller set in Beersheba, was a New York...
Before Anita Diamant wrote herself into Jewish literary stardom with her best-selling and much-loved novel “The Red Tent,”...
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