Mark Oppenheimer


Why Rabbi Schneerson Was Good For Jews But Bad For Biographers

By Mark Oppenheimer

Why Rabbi Schneerson Was Good For Jews But Bad For Biographers
He was perhaps the most influential rabbi in modern history. Yet suprisingly little is known about the man who was Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson.Read More


From Orthodox Teen Lesbians To the Holocaust, An Author Courts Controversy

By Mark Oppenheimer

From Orthodox Teen Lesbians To the Holocaust, An Author Courts Controversy
Leanne Lieberman, who has written about Orthodox teen lesbians is no stranger to controversy. Her latest novel, ‘Lauren Yanofsky Hates the Holocaust’ is no exception.Read More


Navigating Battlefield of Orthodox Marriage and Divorce

By Mark Oppenheimer

Navigating Battlefield of Orthodox Marriage and Divorce
There are hundreds of American agunot, Orthodox women whose husbands refuse to grant them a Jewish divorce. A new book discusses the plight of these ‘chained’ women.Read More


Of Susan Sontag, Debbie Harry, Anna Moffo and Wayne's World

By Mark Oppenheimer

Of Susan Sontag, Debbie Harry, Anna Moffo and Wayne's World
What do Susan Sontag, Debbie Harry, James Schuyler and Anna Moffo have in common? For one thing, they’re all loved by author Wayne Koestenbaum.Read More


Taking a Second Look at Lillian Hellman

By Mark Oppenheimer

Taking a Second Look at Lillian Hellman
Lillian Hellman was brilliant, courageous and, above all, interesting, a new book reveals. Hate her if you must, but don’t reduce her, writes Mark Oppenheimer.Read More






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