Adam Rovner


When Christians Fight Over Israel

By Adam Rovner

Choir members at the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Florida / Getty Images Read More


How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love Vladimir Jabotinsky

By Adam Rovner

How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love Vladimir Jabotinsky
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.Read More


What Makes a Jewish Joke Jewish?

By Adam Rovner

What Makes a Jewish Joke Jewish?
Ruth Wisse offers a cogent analysis of Jewish humor in her new book. Why does she overlook several decades of scholarship on ethnic jokes?Read More


News of the Carrot, Not Pain of the Stick

By Adam Rovner

News of the Carrot, Not Pain of the Stick
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.Read More


Zions Other Than Zion

By Adam Rovner

Zions Other Than Zion
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.Read More



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