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

What Is Islamic Enlightenment?
March 15, 2012

Irshad Manji's book is an intimate and optimistic apologia for a future with more liberal and open interpretations of Islam. In the end, however, the

Absent and Present
February 29, 2012

By Blood, the marvelously creepy new novel by Ellen Ullman reads like a nineteenth-century novel, but grapples with the problems of Jewish identity in

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

What is Jewish Literature?
December 08, 2011

Dan Miron, the foremost Israeli critic and scholar of modern Hebrew and Yiddish literature, asks a big question: what is Jewish literature, or to be m

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

Brushes with Jewishness
November 07, 2011

Is there a Jewish Art? Such questions are very familiar in modern Jewish cultural debates; they are regularly asked about Jewish writers. With the vis

Back to Utopia
August 24, 2011

While most people do not believe that the Garden of Eden can be found, its geographical location has been a point of obsession in the minds of a handf

"Can You Learn Anything From a Void?"
August 02, 2011

Nobody looks into his heart and sees an Eichmann lurking there. And this inability to match up our self-knowledge with our historical knowledge is the

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