Vladimir Putin said Jews comprised 80% of the first Soviet government to explain why Russia pilfered a Chabad archive. What’s scary, J.J. Goldberg says, is he thinks he’s being friendly.
With Father’s Day approaching, J.J. Goldberg picked through old tapes of three Jewish patriarchs. Any similarities between Sigmund Freud, Joseph Soloveitchik and Leon Trotsky?
A picaresque 20th-century Jewish literary life is being celebrated with a vibrant new biography. The novelist Jean Malaquais, born Vladimir Jan Pavel Israël Pinkus Malacki in Warsaw in 1908, is the subject of “The Rebellious Malaquais” by Geneviève Nakach, out from Les éditions Le Cherche Midi in November.
Leon Trotsky’s legacy has been a source of debate for decades, from his supporters and detractors alike. Joshua Rubenstein’s new book seeks a more balanced approach, if that’s possible.
A version of this post appeared in Yiddish.
Geese were a staple of Jewish life in Eastern Europe and Jewish women knew how to get the most out of their fowl of choice. The feathers were sold as quills for writing and stuffing for bedding, fat used as an alternative to butter or the Jewish version of lard, and the birds themselves were served up roasted, stuffed or sautéed, and, on special occasions, made into foie gras. So says an article in The YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe, a multi-volume work whose online version launches today, bringing to the public a plethora of articles, original documents, images, and recordings about Jewish life in Eastern Europe — all free of charge.