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Zionism and Its Discontents

By Jo-Ann Mort

In her newest book, University of California Professor Judith Butler makes the case for a Jewish critique of Zionism. Jo-Ann Mort isn’t impressed with the argument.Read More


Rebels With a Cause

By Sheerly Avni

Jewish radicals in California fought against social injustice —and Ronald Reagan in the ’80s. But they were inspired by images of the Holocaust.Read More


Remembrance of Jews’ Past

By Robert Zaretsky

Thirty years after Yosef Yerushalmi’s ‘Zakhor’ was published, the Jewish injunction to remember resonates in fields far beyond the author’s original subject.Read More


Life During Wartime

By Jenny Hendrix

Shani Boianjiu’s new novel is a coming of age set in the Israeli Defense Forces. It’s about a world that’s been so strange for so long, no one thinks it’s strange anymore.Read More


‘Telegraph Avenue’ of Broken Dreams

By Rich Cohen

Michael Chabon’s new novel, ‘Telegraph Avenue,’ is about far more than its plot. The real subject is language and style, in which Chabon proves equal to any master.Read More


She’ll Always Have ‘Paris’

By Andrea Palatnik

Kati Marton’s captivating memoir, ‘Paris: A Love Story,’ mixes fluid journalism with the casual prose of a friend reminiscing about her past.Read More


The Gospel According to Feuding Academics

By Jay Michaelson

There’s no clear winner in the debate about the Jewish origins of Christianity. Scholars are locked in an academic death match that looks like a catfight to outsiders.Read More


The Jews Who Plumbed Hitler’s Brain

By Robert Zaretsky

The Allies mounted a major World War II effort to plumb the minds of Hitler and his henchmen. They enlisted Jewish psychologists to play a primary role.Read More


What a Day For an Auto-Da-Fé

By Josh Rolnick

Theodore Ross scours the world for stories of forced conversions, crypto-Jews and the legacy of Inquisition. It all started when his mother told him to deny being a Jew.Read More


Are You There, God? It’s Me, Rachel!

By Beth Schwartzapfel

Although Judaism is front and center in Deborah Heiligman’s coming of age novel ‘Intentions,’ at the core of the story are questions of faith with which all teenagers grapple.Read More





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