Books


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


Our Favorite Heretic

By Allan Nadler

The array of uses and misuses of Baruch Spinoza, perhaps Judaism’s most-famed heretic, is testimony to the boundlessness of the human imagination.Read More


A Curmudgeon’s Guide To Jewish History

By Eddy Portnoy

As Harvey Pekar reached the end of his life, the Jewish issue evidently came to interest him a great deal not only in a personal way, but also in a broader historical sense.Read More


No Straight Path From Dogma to Dissent

By Benjamin Ivry

Vasily Grossman took a complex path from syncophancy to dissidence under Soviet anti-Semitic oppression. A new biography takes an unsparing look at his career.Read More


The Liberation of Helène Aylon

By Debra Nussbaum Cohen

Helene Aylon grew up Orthodox in Brooklyn’s Boro Park, became a rebbetzin and then a feminist artist. A new memoir traces her remarkable journey.Read More


Stopping To Think About the Roses

By Ilan Stavans

There was a time when Latin American writers felt compelled — maybe the word is “constrained” — to focus their work on Latin America. Andrés Neuman takes a more global approach.Read More


Thoughts That Move in Space

By Jake Marmer

‘N18’ is a collection of Hank Lazer’s so-called ‘shape-poems,’ works in which the handwritten layout is at least as important as the actual words that comprise the verses.Read More


Life in British Mandate Palestine

By Jerome A. Chanes

‘Out of Palestine’ is a truly fascinating discussion of a period that is still incompletely and insufficiently understood: the last years of the British Mandate in Palestine.Read More


Hasidic Tales and Prayer-Poems

By Rachel Barenblat

The sheer number of names, rebbes, dynasties and towns may overwhelm readers of ‘A Hidden Light.’ To author Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, each one is an intimate friend.Read More


Unlikely Chronicler of Jewish Neighborhood

By Gary Shapiro

Clayton Patterson is an unlikely candidate to launch a history of the Jewish Lower East Side. He’s not Jewish, has a biker’s beard and runs the New York Tattoo Society.Read More





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