When Shmuel Yosef Agnon was evacuated to the Jerusalem home of the famed kabbalist Gershom Scholem during the War of Independence, he found a letter that would make every Airbnb host proud.
'Chapter 0' of the writer’s seminal work sees the Holocaust survivor describing a date in Paris with a young student, revealing his thoughts on life and death.
Ricky Rapoport Friesem found a way to say good-bye.
Ahead of November 8, a poem by Alicia Ostriker prophetically captures the feeling in this national election.
William Butler Yeats suggests fairies, for 'the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand'.
'All, all, all' - Almog Behar on teaching a toddler inclusiveness.
'They demanded the song; but, oh never / That triumph the stranger shall know': Playboy and revolutionary Lord Byron on the Babylonian exile.
'Here’s the crumb corner, between the TV and the bookshelves': Yael Statman is moving back to Israel and realizes she can't pack the past.
In which the author of the column confesses her ignorance of Paul Laurence Dunbar and a formative national text.
An Army Radio discussion of an early work by Mahmoud Darwish has caused an uproar. Here is the poem: ID Card.
Was cultural life in Nazi Germany as unidimensional and controlled as we have been led to believe? A new survey suggests that the situation was far more complex.
America's 16th president's great interest in and friendship with Jews is said to have affected his decision to abolish slavery.
When a Jewish ophthalmologist created the artificial language, he dreamed of a common language. A new book by Esther Schor delightfully captures its idiosyncrasies – in plain English.
In her Prix Goncourt-winning 'true crime' novel, French-Moroccan author Leila Slimani takes on the fraught ties between nannies and employers
By the 1920s, only a small remnant of Harlem’s Jews remained.
Why are Jews both hated and admired? Can one talk about anti-Semitism but not mention the Israeli occupation? Shmuel Rosner's answers reflect an intellectual mobilization on behalf of right-wing Jews.
In his new book, Tomer Persico not only surveys the history of the pursuit of Jewish meditation and mysticism, but also attempts to reconcile an increasingly individualistic and subjective approach to religion with traditional Judaism's absolute truth.
Told over the course of three generations, the captivating 'Two She-Bears' elevates the crime novel to a higher level, and Shalev toward his peers Amos Oz, David Grossman and A.B. Yehoshua.
Maya Arad's new novel offers an accelerated lesson in the principles of the detective story. It’s intellectual, illuminating and brilliant — but also cold, mechanical and not particularly suspenseful.
These essays about Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union offer a golden opportunity for readers to shed some stubborn stereotypes.