Emily Barton’s ‘Book of Esther’ journeys to the medieval kingdom of Khazaria — but even there, Jews can’t escape the rush to modernize.
During WWII, Japan refused orders from Nazi Germany to kill all its Jews. Dr. Meron Medzini explains why Japan took that approach.21
Polish-born Jewish sociologist of modernity Zygmunt Bauman has died at 91. We remember his writings about exclusion from WWII to the present day
Critic, gadfly and columnist Nat Hentoff has died at 91. We remember his contradictions and his prescient vision of Bob Dylan’s klezmer roots.3
A delightful joke to share around the Shabbat table with your friends and family this week — or read and chuckle over anytime.
Hannah Arendt and Stefan Zweig’s library cards have been found at France’s national library — curious providing curious insights into our past.
Jonathan Sarna, Deborah Dash Moore and other prominent Jewish historians weigh in on how we should be preparing for Donald Trump’s presidency.23
A mother’s descent into madness and the Nazi destruction of Czechoslovakia animate Mark Slouka’s gorgeous memoir, “Nobody’s Son.”
‘Silence,’ Martin Scorsese’s gut-wrenching new film about a young Jesuit priest in medieval Japan, may seem surprisingly familiar to Jewish viewers.4
Is the re-publication of “Mein Kampf” a victory for free speech? Or, with the rise of far-right movements across Europe, is it cause for concern?30
Reading the book now, after the events of 2016, the stories have taken on a darker, more prescient, more tragic tone.
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