Books


Jew on a Hot Tin Roof

By Benjamin Ivry

There’s more Yiddishkeit to Tennessee Williams than one might think of the famous playwright. Here’s Benjamin Ivry on Williams’ encounter with Jewishness and anti-Semitism.Read More


A Work of Heartbreaking Genius and Erudition

By Batya Ungar-Sargon

In his new book, ‘Rocket and Lightship: Essays on Literature and Ideas,’ critic and atheist Adam Kirsch quietly redefines the role of the American Jew.Read More


Ex-Hasidic Writers Go Off the Path and Onto the Page

By Ezra Glinter

People who leave the ultra-Orthodox world have become a social movement. And the stories of their transformations are now a rich literary genre, Ezra Glinter writes.Read More


Will the Real Sholem Aleichem Please Stand Up?

By Ezra Glinter

Is ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ a celebration of Sholem Aleichem, or a contamination of his legacy? Two new books examine the question from two very different perspectives.Read More


Canada Urged To Recognize Jewish Refugees From Arab Lands

By JTA

A Canadian parliamentary committee called on the government to recognize the plight of Jewish refugees from Arab lands.Read More


A Uniquely Israeli Vision of the Afterlife

By Beth Kissileff

Despite the fact that Ofir Touché Gafla’s latest novel is an Israeli book, it does not touch directly on Israeli life. What it offers instead is a memorable vision of the afterlife.Read More


Portrait of the Publisher as a Young Renegade

By Richard Kostelanetz

‘Samuel Roth: Infamous Modernist’ features a notorious Jewish publisher Samuel Roth who went to jail twice and was reviled for publishing obscene work.Read More


She Was a Novelist, Chicago-Born

By Shoshana Olidort

Born and raised in Chicago, where she lived until her death in 2001, Layle Silbert was best known as a photographer. But the posthumous publication of ‘Yudl’ reveals her talent as a fiction writer.Read More


Will We Ever Be Forgiven for the Holocaust?

By Howard Jacobson

At first glance, the question of whether Jews will ever be forgiven for the Holocaust may seem absurd. But author Howard Jacobson is serious — and says the answer is no.Read More


How I Learned Not To Be J.D. Salinger

By Adam Langer

Not every kid wanted to be Holden Caulfield. Sometimes associating yourself with him or Salinger, could be risky. The author of ‘The Salinger Contract’ explains.Read More


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