Lawrence Grossman


Grant's Anti-Semitism—And Tolerance

By Lawrence Grossman

Grant's Anti-Semitism—And Tolerance
Gen. Ulysses Grant issued a famed order expelling Jews, but as president appointed more Jews than any of his predecessors. Jonathan Sarna deciphers the myth and reality in his new book.Read More


Preaching to the Converters

By Lawrence Grossman

Preaching to the Converters
David Ellenson and Daniel Gordis write that ambiguities in Jewish law and complexities of modern life have combined to make the topic of conversion a tricky business.Read More


How Jews Became the People of the Talmud

By Lawrence Grossman

Basic to Jewish religious teaching is the distinction between “written” Torah — Scripture, the Jewish Bible — and so-called “oral” Torah, a diffuse tradition of legal and homiletic rabbinic commentary that over the centuries has interpreted and elaborated the written corpus and applied it to shifting social, economic and political realities.Read More


Modern Orthodoxy's Human Pillar

By Lawrence Grossman

Modern Orthodoxy's Human Pillar
The father of Modern Orthodoxy, Joseph Soloveitchik, may have saved the movement from being swallowed by Conservative Judaism. Since his death, the movement is in danger again.Read More


Love Me, Love Me Not

By Lawrence Grossman

No, cynical reader, “Philosemitism in History” is not a very short book. And no, hopeful reader, it will not calm Jewish fears of anti-Semitism by showing how much Jews have been esteemed and admired over the years. To the contrary, it might make Jews worry more, since it demonstrates the ambiguity of philosemitism both as concept and as social reality. Not all expressions of love for Jews are necessarily benign.Read More



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