September 23, 2018

Jonathan Kirsch

Before Anita Diamant wrote herself into Jewish literary stardom with her best-selling and much-loved novel “The Red Tent,”...
One of the great ironies of Yiddish literature is that many of the stories for which Isaac Bashevis Singer won the Nobel Prize in...
After “The Ruined House” by Ruby Namdar was first published in Israel in 2013, the book won the prestigious Sapir Prize, Israel’s...
A couple of millennia passed between the occupation of ancient Judea by a Roman army and the founding of the modern State of Israel.
Thanks to its media-savvy outreach, which includes an annual telethon and a full-featured website, Chabad is the face of Hasidism in America and...
Janet Fitch’s best-selling novels, “White Oleander” and “Paint It Black,” are set in contemporary America, but her newly published and...
Marina Dmitrievna Makarova, whom we meet in the opening pages of “The Revolution of Marina M.” by Janet Fitch (Little, Brown) is both a...
Chanukah and Jewish Book Month, which precedes the annual Festival of Lights — from Nov. 12 to Dec. 12 this year — are great occasions for selecting...
When it premiered in 1967, no one predicted “The Graduate” would amount to much. It was, as Beverly Gray writes in “Seduced by Mrs. Robinson:
A story is told of a visitor to The Hebrew University of Jerusalem who is taken on a tour of the buildings named after famous Jewish writers.
Steven J. Ross sat down with Jonathan Kirsch, book editor of the Journal, for a conversation about his new book, "Hitler in Los Angeles...
More than one writer of fiction has imagined what it would have been like if the Allies had lost World War II and the West had come under Nazi occupation.
In “Jewish Comedy: A Serious History” (Norton), author Jeremy Dauber makes it clear that — at least in his opinion — Jewish jokes are no laughing matter.
Jonathan Kirsch reviews the late Shimon Peres' book “No Room for Small Dreams: Courage, Imagination, and the Making of Modern Israel."
David N. Myers, an accomplished Jewish historian, has written a small book about a very big subject: “Jewish History: A Very Short Introduction.”
Nathan Englander — who was raised and educated in an Orthodox community on Long Island — is one of America’s leading Jewish writers.
Rabbi Naomi Levy, as the founder and rabbi of the Los Angeles-based Jewish spiritual community called Nashuva.
One of the sorry backstories of World War II is found in what the Red Cross did — or, more precisely, failed to do — during the Holocaust. 
The latest writer to reimagine King David is Paul Boorstin, the L.A.-based filmmaker in his debut historical novel, “David and the Philistine Woman.”
I approached ‘Silent Letter’ – a work of historical fiction by Yitzchak Mayer (Mosaic Press) with a certain caution – but I soon was won over.
Perhaps the best evidence that the baby boomers remain a crucial element of the publishing industry is that so many summer books are about the 1960s.
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