Jewish Review of Books Enlisting Orthodoxy 24 Jul
Israel's defense ministry issued draft notices to Haredi men, following a court ruling against army exemptions for yeshiva students, prompting protests and t...
24 Jul
Jewish Review of Books Operation Hebrew Camp 15 Jul
Camp Massad, an American Hebrew summer camp, was a unique educational experiment from the 1940s to the 1980s that aimed to immerse campers in Hebrew language...
15 Jul
Jewish Review of Books As They Are 15 Jul
Photographer Roman Vishniac's iconic images of prewar European Jews mainly featured men and boys, shaping the Orthodox Jewish imagery. Contemporary photograp...
15 Jul
Jewish Review of Books Romancing the Exile 15 Jul
Shaul Magid, a prominent scholar of Hasidism and Jewish thought, shares his personal journey from a secular Long Island upbringing to embracing religious Zio...
15 Jul
Jewish Review of Books Portrait of an Artist “Like Buttah” 15 Jul
Barbra Streisand's memoir "My Name Is Barbra" delves into her lifelong pursuit of creative control, showcasing her dominance over albums, films, and concerts...
15 Jul
Jewish Review of Books An Inch Deep and a Mile Wide, or Vice Versa 15 Jul
"Curb Your Enthusiasm," created by Larry David, concluded its 12-season run, prompting reflection on its impact on Jewish comedy. Contrasting with "Seinfeld,...
15 Jul
Jewish Review of Books Kamp Vught: David Koker’s Netherlands 15 Jul
David Koker, a young Jewish poet and translator, along with his family, arrived at Kamp Vught concentration camp in the Netherlands in 1943, where he kept a ...
15 Jul
Jewish Review of Books Middlebrow’s Moment 15 Jul
Rachel Gordan explores the post-World War II era when Jewish writers used popular middlebrow books and articles, such as "Exodus" and "Gentleman's Agreement,...
15 Jul
Jewish Review of Books A Tour Guide for the Perplexed 15 Jul
Noah Feldman's "A Tour Guide for the Perplexed" delves into the historical emergence of Hebrew literature in the nineteenth century designed to guide moderni...
15 Jul
Jewish Review of Books Jews in Blue 15 Jul
"Jews in Blue" by Adam D. Mendelsohn delves into the lesser-known history of Jewish soldiers in the Union Army during the Civil War. Mendelsohn uncovers the ...
15 Jul
Jewish Review of Books A Savannah Poet 15 Jul
In "A Savannah Poet," author Jason K. Friedman shares his journey of uncovering the intriguing story of Gratz Cohen, the son of a prominent Jewish figure in ...
15 Jul
Jewish Review of Books Diminished Light? 15 Jul
Kabbalistic literature, with its ancient wisdom, discusses the concept of zimzum, or the diminishment of God, as a key aspect of creation in the eyes of figu...
15 Jul
Jewish Review of Books Their Crowd 15 Jul
"Their Crowd" by Daniel Schulman is a detailed history of Jewish financiers in America, focusing on Joseph Seligman and Jacob Schiff. Seligman, an influentia...
15 Jul
Jewish Review of Books An Unusable Past? 15 Jul
In Rachel Elior's book "The Unknown History of Jewish Women through the Ages," she delves into the exclusion of women from Jewish education and the impact of...
15 Jul
Jewish Review of Books Swimming through History 15 Jul
Alfred Nakache, a Jewish competitive swimmer born in Algeria in 1915, rose to fame in the 1930s and 1940s for his prowess in the pool, representing France at...
15 Jul
Jewish Review of Books Letters, Summer 2024 15 Jul
In the "Letters, Summer 2024" section, David Lobron praises Maya Arad's novella "The Hebrew Teacher," likening it to Vladimir Nabokov's work and highlighting...
15 Jul
Jewish Review of Books Legitimacy of Hope 9 Jul
In "Israel/Palestine in World Religions: Whose Palestine?" by S. Ilan Troen, the author delves into the complexities surrounding Israel's legitimacy, discuss...
9 Jul
Jewish Review of Books A Torah Exchange: Malka Simkovich Responds to Yonatan Adler 24 May
Malka Simkovich responds to Yonatan Adler's work on the origins of Judaism, expressing concerns over Adler's focus on social practices over intellectual idea...
24 May
Jewish Review of Books On the Origins of Judaism: An Exchange 24 May
Malka Simkovich reviewed Yonatan Adler's book "The Origins of Judaism: An Archeological-Historical Reappraisal" in which Adler argues that Judaism, as we cur...
24 May
Jewish Review of Books A Torah Exchange: Yonatan Adler Responds to Malka Simkovich 24 May
Yonatan Adler responds to Malka Simkovich's review of his book, "The Origins of Judaism," emphasizing his focus on when ordinary Jews began following Torah a...
24 May
Jewish Review of Books The Romance and Rage of Rashbi 23 May
Every year on Lag BaOmer, hundreds of thousands of Jews make a pilgrimage to Meron in Northern Israel to celebrate the Hilula de-Rashbi, honoring Rabbi Shimo...
23 May
Jewish Review of Books What Was That Really About? Antisemitism or Something New? 16 May
Editor Abraham Socher, Jonathan Karp, and Reviel Netz discussed the recent increase in anti-Israel protests globally, questioning whether these demonstration...
16 May
Jewish Review of Books What’s Going On With Antisemitism? 16 May
The essay discusses the intersection of antisemitism and anti-Israel sentiment in the aftermath of a significant event, noting a distinction between traditio...
16 May
Jewish Review of Books More than the Old New Antisemitism 16 May
The text discusses the complexity of contemporary antisemitism, focusing on the relationship between traditional antisemitism and anti-Israel sentiment. It e...
16 May
Jewish Review of Books Kamp Vught: David Koker’s Netherlands 6 May
David Koker, a young poet and translator, arrived with his family at Kamp Vught, a Dutch concentration camp, in 1943 during WWII. His diary, "Diary Written i...
6 May
Jewish Review of Books You May View the Land from a Distance: Chaim Weizmann, May 1948 26 Apr
In May 1948, Chaim Weizmann, physically and mentally exhausted, learned of the declaration of an independent Jewish state named Israel while in New York. Tho...
26 Apr
Jewish Review of Books Second-Hand Jew: A Self-Portrait in Scenes 26 Apr
A young Jewish writer in Germany reflects on his identity and experiences in the 1980s, delving into encounters with various individuals, including literary ...
26 Apr
Jewish Review of Books This Great House 26 Apr
"This Great House" delves into the fascinating history of the National Library of Israel, tracing its origins back to a passionate call in 1899 to create a c...
26 Apr
Jewish Review of Books Light and Darkness 26 Apr
In this analysis of Marilynne Robinson's commentary on the book of Genesis, she portrays a complex yet gracious conception of God, drawing on themes of forgi...
26 Apr
Jewish Review of Books Letters, Spring 2024 26 Apr
The text discusses various articles and responses featured in the Spring 2024 edition of the Jewish Review of Books. It includes a range of topics such as re...
26 Apr
Jewish Review of Books Imperial Rabbis 26 Apr
Simcha Gross's book, "Babylonian Jews and Sasanian Imperialism in Late Antiquity," aims to reshape the understanding of the talmudic period by exploring the ...
26 Apr
Jewish Review of Books What’s Love Got to Do with It? 26 Apr
Shai Held's book, "Judaism Is about Love: Recovering the Heart of Jewish Life," argues that love is a central theme in Judaism, countering historical Christi...
26 Apr
Jewish Review of Books Like a Pharaoh 26 Apr
The text narrates a visit to Biaystok, Poland, by the author, reflecting on their Jewish heritage and interactions during a Yiddish class at a private Jewish...
26 Apr
Jewish Review of Books Shylock at the Barricades 26 Apr
Tracy-Ann Oberman's production of "The Merchant of Venice 1936" brings a modern twist to Shakespeare's play, focusing on Shylock as a female character dealin...
26 Apr
Jewish Review of Books Her Own Creation and Pure Luck 26 Apr
In her memoir "Daughter of History," Susan Rubin Suleiman reflects on her childhood in Hungary during WWII and her family's survival amidst the Holocaust. Th...
26 Apr
Jewish Review of Books Between Antisemites and Zionists: The Path of Alfred Wiener 26 Apr
"Between Antisemites and Zionists: The Path of Alfred Wiener" by Daniel Finkelstein offers a compelling narrative about Alfred Wiener, founder of the Wiener ...
26 Apr
Jewish Review of Books Kaddish for the Maestro 26 Apr
"Kaddish for the Maestro" is a film directed by Bradley Cooper that portrays the legendary musician Leonard Bernstein. Despite Bradley Cooper not winning an ...
26 Apr
Jewish Review of Books Enlightenment and Conspiracy 26 Apr
"Israelism," a documentary by Erin Axelman and Sam Eilertsen, follows the journeys of young American Jews Simone Zimmerman and Eitan from passionate advocate...
26 Apr
Jewish Review of Books Od Tireh, Od Tireh . . . 26 Apr
Maya Arad's collection of novellas, translated by Jessica Cohen, delves into the diasporic experience of Israeli academics and entrepreneurs who have relocat...
26 Apr
Jewish Review of Books Ten Plagues, Three Acronyms, Seven Opinions 19 Apr
Rabbi Judah the Prince proposed the acronym Dtzakh Adash Bachav to summarize the ten plagues in the Haggadah, prompting diverse interpretations through the a...
19 Apr
Jewish Review of Books Homage to Orwell 15 Apr
The text reflects on the enduring relevance of George Orwell's work, particularly his journalistic integrity and clear, urgent writing style which continues ...
15 Apr
Jewish Review of Books Total Eclipse of the Brakha 5 Apr
The text delves into the Jewish perspective on solar eclipses, exploring whether they are viewed as natural phenomena or bad omens. According to the Talmud, ...
5 Apr
Jewish Review of Books At the Anti-Israel Carnival 19 Mar
The author discusses the dark aspects of anti-Israel protests on university campuses, particularly focusing on Rutgers University, where protesters adopt car...
19 Mar
Jewish Review of Books Israel’s TikTok Problem 13 Mar
The House of Representatives has passed a bill to potentially ban TikTok in the U.S. due to concerns about Chinese influence and manipulation on the platform...
13 Mar
Jewish Review of Books Harvard, SNCC, and an Antisemitic Cartoon 6 Mar
Harvard student groups posted an antisemitic cartoon featuring a Star of David, dollar sign, and nooses on Instagram, sparking outrage and apologies for the ...
6 Mar
Jewish Review of Books Wartime Diary 4 Mar
The text describes a harrowing wartime diary reflecting on the ongoing conflict in Jerusalem since October 7. The author contemplates the loss of home, safet...
4 Mar
Jewish Review of Books Washington’s Saving Shield 15 Feb
In a prayer composed 240 years ago by Hendla Jochanan van Oettingen of New York’s Congregation Shearith Israel, he prayed for George Washington shortly after...
15 Feb
Jewish Review of Books Atah Manhig: A Life in Reform Judaism 14 Feb
"Atah Manhig: A Life in Reform Judaism" is a new book by Lance J. Sussman, a recently retired rabbi of a large Reform congregation in Philadelphia. The book ...
14 Feb
Jewish Review of Books Before & After October 7: A Symposium 23 Jan
This text is a collection of responses from various individuals reflecting on their beliefs before and after October 7, 2023. The first contributor, David Bi...
23 Jan
Jewish Review of Books A Kibbutz and Its Fullness 23 Jan
The author reflects on their childhood in the kibbutz of Kfar Aza, which was recently attacked and left in ruins. They express the pain of remembering their ...
23 Jan