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.
If the Israeli center-left wants to stop looking weak and confused, it needs to quit backing periodic military escalations with Gaza, Raphael Magarik argues.
Many Jewish liturgical tunes take melodies from secular music. Did Raphael Magarik go too far by grabbing the melody from rap’s Wu-Tang Clan or a Yom Kippur service?
In Ayelet Waldman’s latest novel, a necklace travels to pre-WWI Budapest, finding love, death and the Holocaust on the way. But it’s a romance of cliches, Raphael Magarik writes.