Adam Kirsch

Dancing into the Abyss
July 20, 2011

In many ways, René Blum might be compared to Lincoln Kirstein, the founder of the New York City Ballet. Both were artistically inclined sons of prospe

Progressive Inversions
July 12, 2011

At this point, the twenty-first-century Jew—like the Protestant and the Catholic, anyone whose religion views the Bible as holy writ—has two simple ch

The Deepest Resource
June 29, 2011

Folktales of the Jews is an anthology of sixty stories drawn from the Israel Folk Archives at the University of Haifa, where, starting in the 1950s, i

June 21, 2011

In telling the story of the decade he spent in Paris, from the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s, Paul Zweig offers an original version of a classic American

With Friends Like These...
June 03, 2011

Books about anti-Semitism are depressingly numerous. New studies of the subject appear in a constant stream, focusing on anti-Semitism in this or that

Youth Was Not Silent
May 18, 2011

Much can be gleaned about Walter Benjamin’s Jewishness, and that of his whole class, from this short diary. He is evidently completely unobservant—mor

The Memory Table
April 18, 2011

Not every edition of the haggadah is quite as effective at making the past present as The Washington Haggadah. This beautifully produced book is a det

The Boulders
April 05, 2011

The literary career of Imre Kertész has been as full of improbable twists as any melodrama. It took him a decade to complete his first novel, an accou

When the Pot Melted
March 23, 2011

In 2005, George Bornstein published a scholarly article titled “The Colors of Zion: Black, Jewish, and Irish Nationalisms at the Turn of the Century.”

The Temple Mount in New York
March 09, 2011

For Michael Weingrad, it is precisely the marginality, even the perversity, of the American Hebraist project that makes it so immensely interesting. “