Batya Ungar-Sargon


A Work of Heartbreaking Genius and Erudition

By Batya Ungar-Sargon

A Work of Heartbreaking Genius and Erudition
In his new book, ‘Rocket and Lightship: Essays on Literature and Ideas,’ critic and atheist Adam Kirsch quietly redefines the role of the American Jew.Read More


Open Hillel Meets With Exuberance and Defiance

By Batya Ungar-Sargon

Open Hillel Meets With Exuberance and Defiance
Hundreds gathered for inaugural conference of Open Hillel — a 2-year-old student group that seeks to opposes Hillel’s pro-Israel strictures. What comes next?Read More


Nechemya Weberman's 103-Year Sentence Is Clumsy Slap at Ultra-Orthodox Jews

By Batya Ungar-Sargon

Nechemya Weberman's 103-Year Sentence Is Clumsy Slap at Ultra-Orthodox Jews
How long is too long? That’s what many are asking after a judge sentenced Nechemya Weberman 103 years in prison — and prosecutors hailed it as a message to the ultra-Orthodox.Read More


Two Views of Eichmann and Arendt

By Batya Ungar-Sargon

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When Jews Get Embarassed Too Easily

By Batya Ungar-Sargon

When Jews Get Embarassed Too Easily
Jews are image conscious. A quick Google search of “embarrassed to be Jewish” will turn up two main hits—Jews ashamed of the state of Israel, and Jews ashamed of the behavior of certain “Hareidim” — tremblers, the Hebrew term for the ultra-Orthodox — in the Israeli town of Beit Shemesh. I should amend that statement: this Google search will turn up results for Jews with access to the media who have image consciousness about these two issues. As we all know, these are not the only kind of Jews. But let me first address these.Read More



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