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

The Land or The State?
August 20, 2010

Anyone who has been concerned or angered by the debate over the future of liberal Zionism, should hurry to read The Settlers, the new book by the Isra

A Formidable Foe
August 16, 2010

Yusuf al-Qaradawi is widely regarded as the most prominent living Islamic scholar. In a theology he calls the “middle-way” (wasatiyyah), he has manage

The Faith Continent
August 05, 2010

No single volume could do justice to India’s lush religious diversity, but I have never read one that encompasses more of it, or that penetrates deepe

Notes from Underground
August 03, 2010

Combining the disciplines of history and ethnomusicology, and working with archival sources in Russian, Yiddish, and Hebrew, James Loeffler gives subs

Redrawing Boundaries
July 09, 2010

In the writing of history, there are no innocent decisions—especially if you are trying to write a compact book about a huge, complex, and polarizing

Positively Jewish
June 25, 2010

Sacks omits the existential dimension of faith, the one in which each of us must decide for him- or herself whether to believe and why. Nor does he re

The Replication of Cells
June 09, 2010

Mostly by accident, the veteran journalist Ian Johnson has stumbled upon one of the largest untold stories of the last fifty years: how, with help fro

Before Sunrise
November 12, 2009

When President Obama arrives in Tokyo on Friday, he will confront a country that seeks to be an ally of the United States. For Japan has never been an American ally. It was first a rival, then an enemy, and finally, after it lost the war it foolishly started with the U.S., it became a protectorate, not an ally.   The distinction matters. An alliance is an institution negotiated between two sovereign governments in which each agrees to a series of reciprocal obligations that have the force of law.

The November Pogrom
November 12, 2009

In our collective memory of the Holocaust, Kristallnacht occupies a central but ambiguous place. If you look simply at the statistics, there is little reason why the events of November 9-10, 1938, should loom so large.