Jenna Weissman Joselit

'Fiddler on the Roof' Distorted Sholem Aleichem
June 07, 2014

Two new books together underscore the extent to which both Fiddler on the Roof and Sholem Aleichem were creatures of their audiences.

Religion Only Works When It Appeals to the Senses
April 09, 2014

“To learn about religion we have to come to our senses.”

My Country, My Country
August 01, 2012

Mary Antin’s ringing endorsement of Americanization—of being “made over”—which appeared in 1912 in her autobiography, The Promised Land, probably did

When General Grant Expelled the Jews, A Response, Part 2
March 28, 2012

  Of all people, surely my esteemed colleague, Jonathan Sarna, should know that attentive, careful and thoughtful readers—and reviewers—take their cues and draw their conclusions from both the tone and the substance of what is put before them. Jenna Weissman Joselit *To read Jenna Weissman Joselit’s original review, click here. *To read Jonathan D. Sarna’s response, click here.

Sin and Repentance
March 21, 2012

Jonathan Sarna's new book When General Grant Expelled the Jews argues that instead of of demonizing the man, history—or more to the point, American Je

December 21, 2011

The Rosenwald School takes center stage in Stephanie Deutsch’s book, which charts the steadily expanding alliance between Booker T. Washington and Jul

Praying with Ghosts
November 15, 2011

Jonathan Boyarin’s deeply felt account of the summer he spent a few years ago tending to the needs of an embattled little shul in the heart of the Low

Carats and Sticks
September 13, 2011

Alicia Oltuski’s book seeks to demystify a business known far and wide for its fidelity to discretion: the diamond trade. At once global and local, im

Jews Don't Eat Insects
August 01, 2011

In this decidedly post-modern iteration of Jewish travel literature, Levy finds himself in the rural heartland of China where incongruities abound: Pi

Post-Treyf America
September 22, 2010

In the manner of its production and distribution, and certainly its promotion, kosher food now owes as much to the conventions of modern America and t