Adam Rovner


When Jewish Colonists Prospected for Utopia in Colorado

By Adam Rovner

When Jewish Colonists Prospected for Utopia in Colorado
Cotopaxi, Colorado, was once a windswept mountain colony dotted with tar paper shacks. This is what happened to it and its Russian Jewish pioneers.Read More


My Brush With Herzl's Beard

By Adam Rovner

My Brush With Herzl's Beard
Just think of Theodor Herzl and what do you see? A long, lush, black beard. There it is on Herzl’s prophetic profile staring out from the hotel balcony in Basel pointing Zion-ward. There it is again groomed in three-quarter portrait, a flowing beard fit for a modern day Moses. No better icon of the Zionist movement exists than Herzl, and nothing dominates Herzl’s image more than his beard. Even Herzl’s piercing eyes are no match for the majesty of his beard that — in the words of one of his close friends — gave him the look of an Assyrian king.Read More


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



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