Benjamin Ivry


Alexander Grothendieck, Brilliant Jewish Mathematician, Dies at 86

By Benjamin Ivry

Alexander Grothendieck, Brilliant Jewish Mathematician, Dies at 86
Alexander Grothendieck, whose father was murdered at Auschwitz, went on to create the field of algebraic geometry. He was also a mysterious recluse.Read More


Doc Paskowitz, Jewish Surfer Dude for Ages, Dies at 93

By Benjamin Ivry

Doc Paskowitz, Jewish Surfer Dude for Ages, Dies at 93
Doc Paskowitz somehow melded all-American surfing culture with Yiddishkeit. Benjamin Ivry looks back at the man who signed off every chat with ‘Shalom Aloha.’Read More


Was Leo Tolstoy Really an Anti-Semite?

By Benjamin Ivry

Was Leo Tolstoy Really an Anti-Semite?
Duelling new English-language versions of ‘Anna Karenina’ raise questions about Leo Tolstoy’s complex and contradictory attitudes toward Jews. Benjamin Ivry explains.Read More


The Secret Jewish History of 'My Fair Lady'

By Benjamin Ivry

The Secret Jewish History of 'My Fair Lady'
Alan Jay Lerner is best known for ‘My Fair Lady’ — hardly a Jewish story. Yet a new collection of the playwright’s letters reveals his inner Yiddishkeit.Read More


Susan Sontag's Not-So-Secret and Not-Always-So-Jewish History

By Benjamin Ivry

Susan Sontag's Not-So-Secret and Not-Always-So-Jewish History
Susan Sontag was a charismatic writer — and a magnet for criticism. A newly translated biography explores the Jewish legacy of the woman born Susan Lee Rosenblatt.Read More



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