In ‘Shipbreaking,’ poet Robin Beth Schaer drew inspiration from Talmud to write of the horrors and wonders of the natural world.
I know your children, and I wonder if they’ll forgive so many in the Jewish establishment for their cowardice.
Cotopaxi, Colorado, was once a windswept mountain colony dotted with tar paper shacks. This is what happened to it and its Russian Jewish pioneers.
Just think of Theodor Herzl and what do you see? A long, lush, black beard, fit for a modern day Moses. And here’s the thing: I touched it.
What do Presbyterians believe about Jews and Israel? The church’s divestment vote pushed Adam Rovner to investigate using Christian theology, Facebook and everything in between.
Jabotinsky was a complex figure — brilliant and a promulgator of doomsday scenarios. A new biography may help some readers feel a little less scared of him.
Ruth Wisse offers a cogent analysis of Jewish humor in her new book. Why does she overlook several decades of scholarship on ethnic jokes?
Jews didn’t flee Europe because of pogroms. They moved to all corners of the world to find economic opportunity, writes Gur Alroey in a new book.
Michael Chabon’s novel “The Yiddish Policemen’s Union” imagined Jewish refugees turning “Aleyska” into a Yiddish-speaking sanctuary for the “frozen chosen” in the 1940s. But truth is stranger than fiction. As I explain in a short documentary, which will be screened as part of a program on “Other Zions” at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York on July 6, the Freeland League for Jewish Territorial Colonization was a real-life Yiddish policemen’s union. They even considered colonizing Alaska.
Israelis barely speak Hebrew. The language on the streets, in cafes and along the beaches is a hybrid of adapted and adopted expressions mined from Arabic, English, Russian, Yiddish and dozens of dialects. When I first arrived in Israel in 1987, I thought the handful of half-remembered words from my few years spent at a yeshiva would help me get around Jerusalem. But I sounded like an autistic teenager from the pages of Genesis. I shouted at a guy hassling a female friend, “Lech lecha!” thinking this might send him on his way.