Benjamin Ivry


The Secret Jewish History of Dr. Zhivago

By Benjamin Ivry

The Secret Jewish History of Dr. Zhivago
‘The Zhivago Affair’ recounts a complex and nuanced tale of author Boris Pasternak. The Soviets considered his epic novel a betrayal — but plenty of Jews felt the same way.Read More


The 110 Jewish Women Who Changed France

By Benjamin Ivry

The 110 Jewish Women Who Changed France
From actress Sylvia Bataille to classicist Jacqueline de Romilly, a new book recounts the fascinating lives of 110 French Jewish women who shaped their country — or were shaped by it.Read More


Jewish Comedian Joan Rivers Dies at 81

By Benjamin Ivry

Jewish Comedian Joan Rivers Dies at 81
Would the caustic comedian Joan Rivers, who has died at age 81, have jested about her own sudden illness and unexpected demise? Benjamin Ivry thinks so.Read More


Legendary South African Jewish Athlete Dies at 103

By Benjamin Ivry

Legendary South African Jewish Athlete Dies at 103
Norman Gordon, who has died at 103, epitomized speed and durability in cricket. He was South Africa’s first openly Jewish cricketer. Benjamin Ivry remembers his legacy.Read More


Was Pope John Paul II Good for the Jews?

By Benjamin Ivry

Was Pope John Paul II Good for the Jews?
When Pope John Paul II was canonized, many recalled his warm relationship with the Jews. But a new book reveals that Saint John Paul the Great’s legacy was not perfect.Read More



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