Jerome A. Chanes


Orthodoxy — It's Not What They Want You To Think

By Jerome A. Chanes

American Apparel’s idea of an Orthodox man Read More


Maharat Graduation Surprised Me — Twice

By Jerome A. Chanes

Last year’s Maharat graduation ceremony / Robert Kalfus Read More


Searching For the Soul of Menachem Begin

By Jerome A. Chanes

Searching For the Soul of Menachem Begin
Israel’s sixth prime minister, Menachem Begin, came to power in 1977 in a political revolution. Biographer Daniel Gordis explores that history and its aftermath.Read More


Give Me Liberty or the Tanakh

By Jerome A. Chanes

Give Me Liberty or the Tanakh
In Michael Walzer’s new book, the political philosopher asks a very basic question: How much room can there be for politics when God is the ultimate ruler?Read More


'Portnoy's Prescience

By Jerome A. Chanes

'Portnoy's Prescience
Themes of family ties, Zionism and just plain Jewishness, which come to full flower in Philip Roth’s later masterpieces, are prefigured in ‘Portnoy’s Complaint.’Read More






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