The two dominant media stories about LGBT life in Israel are convenient narratives serving political ends — not queer Israelis, Raphael Magarik writes.
What John Kasich was really going on about in Boro Park was the split between Mosaic law and Abrahamic covenant, between Judaism and Christianity, Raphael Magarik argues.
Raphael Magarik tries to figure out why the Holocaust memoir “But You Did Not Come Back,” by Marceline Loridan-Ivens has become such a phenomenal international success. The answer has something to do with the current anti-Semitic climate in France.
Did the deli help American Jews reimagine themselves? Ted Merwin’s “Pastrami on Rye,” explores the cultural history of the deli, where second generation immigrants displayed their newfound prosperity.
Despite what Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz wants you to think, New York is actually the religious capital of America, Raphael Magarik argues.
Josh Cohen’s ‘The Book of Numbers’ has been one of the year’s most highly-touted books. Raphael Magarik delves into the meta-meta-meta-meta novel — and finds one meta too many.
Leon Wieseltier skewered Michael Oren for calling him an anti-Semite in ‘Ally.’ But Wieseltier himself is the king of spurious accusations of anti-Semitism, Raphael Magarik argues.
Tuvia Tenenbom’s controversial ‘Catch the Jew’ has soared to the top of bestseller lists. But does it provide an accurate portrayal of today’s Israel? Raphael Magarik isn’t so sure.
Raphael Magarik opposes the occupation. But he’s voting against UC Berkeley’s BDS resolution this week because he thinks boycotting Israel will only make things worse.
Is anti-Semitism ever a response to things that Jews do? Raphael Magarik says yes — and insists that saying so does not amount to playing into anti-Semites’ hands.