Books


In 'Like Dreamers' a Paratrooper from the 1967 War Dives Into the Settler Movement

By Yossi Klein Halevi

The new book, ‘Like Dreamers,’ is about seven of the paratroopers who reunited Jerusalem during the Six Day War. The surprising directions they took after form the fabric of Israel’s recent history. Read an excerpt.Read More


Charles Bernstein Makes Lovely Cacophony in his Latest Collection

By Jake Marmer

Charles Bernstein’s first collection of actual new poetry in seven years is a culmination of his ideas and here more than ever, the poet engages with his Jewishness.Read More


Netanyahu Sets Meeting With Peres To Request Extension in Forming Government

By JTA

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with President Shimon Peres to request an extension in forming a government.Read More


Ben Schrank and Joshua Furst Debate Judaism and Art

Two authors walk into a bar … and debate Judaism, Brooklyn, and their own paranoia. For Ben Schrank and Joshua Furst, there’s no better time and place to chat.Read More


What Has He Done To Deserve This?

By Susan Comninos

In his dark, literate and startlingly compassionate memoir, James Lasdun explores being harassed by a former student whose writing he championed.Read More


‘Yip’ Harburg’s All-American Lyrics Came With a Heaping Helping of Yiddishkeit

By Benjamin Ivry

Jewish lyricist E. Y. Harburg created both the tragic ‘Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?’ and the idealistic ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow.’Read More


Uncertain Future for Jews in French Provinces

By Robert Zaretsky

French Jewry will always have Paris. But they face an uncertain future in provincial cities that have made crucial contributions to history.Read More


Left's Love-Hate Relationship With Zionism

By Tony Michels

First, the left fought against Zionism, then backed it. Robert Wistrich explains the complex relationship in comprehensive detail.Read More


Dark Days Are Here Again

By Ezra Glinter

Far from the invincible heroes of Hollywood or the fixers of popular imagination, noir protagonists are usually pathetic, marginal figures.Read More


Paul Goodman Speaks for Half a Generation

By Hilene Flanzbaum

Paul Goodman’s reissued 1960s classic ‘Growing Up Absurd’ may make you nostalgic for a past you never lived. The author’s uncomplicated idealism is complicated by his attitude to women.Read More





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