November 20, 2018

Books

While reading Philip Roth, even an avid fan of his sacrilegious style and elegant prose thinks about Gershom Scholem’s critique of...
For decades, Rabbi Yotav Eliach, esteemed principal of Rambam Mesivta High School in Long Island, has accumulated his teachings,
Theodor Adorno famously insisted that “to write a poem after Auschwitz is barbaric,” and Primo Levi introduced his readers to a...
The biography of God has been written many times, starting in the Torah and continuing over the millennia that have passed since...
Near the beginning of Nicole Krauss’ novel “Forest Dark,” she presents readers with a startling image. A man hurdles off the side of...
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,”...
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...
Benny wanted to say something then, to ask a question that he couldn’t quite bring to the forefront of his mind. But something about his friend’s eyes,
For the entire 15 years that Charmaine Craig was writing “Miss Burma,” tensions seethed between the Burmese majority and the ethnic minorities...
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...
Beginning in August 1933 and lasting until the end of World War II, Jewish attorney Leon L. Lewis used his connections with the American Legion and...
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."
For the Iranian-American community in Los Angeles, the closing of Ketab Corp. was a major loss — one that took some history with it.
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.
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