In his rather radical survey of Jewish literature from antiquity to the last century, Adam Kirsch highlights the importance of eclectic religious and worldly texts and authors for synagogue-shy Jews today.
This Day in Jewish History 1858: 'Divine' Actor Who Is the Reason the Word Shmendrick Exists Is Born
Comic genius Sigmund Mogulesko wowed New York, never mind that he apparently didn't speak English.
The most interesting books published this year, plus some Hebrew publications worth your time.
Glueckl of Hameln wrote of her perfectly pious husband, helping Chmielnicki survivors – and her own 'ethical will.'
Israeli author Lavie Tidhar’s unsettling alternative history novel treats the Holocaust as pulp fiction, and is an eerie read in this election cycle and after the U.K.’s shocking vote.
Author Mike Silver has done an impressive job in digging up a chapter in American sports that virtually has been forgotten, and shows that the term 'Jewish boxer' is not an oxymoron.
In 'Rhapsody in Schmaltz,' author Michael Wex wittily guides us along the byways of Jewish cookery, with an accent on culinary Yiddishkeit. Sephardim, however, are left with empty plates.
Paul Goldberg deftly blends murder with mirth in his new novel 'The Yid,' while describing the adventures of a wild and crazy gang in the virulently anti-Semitic Soviet Union of the 1950s.
While learning Hebrew is practical, Yiddish offers modern Jews a powerful way of connecting to our culture and religion.
You may have thought Yiddish was a dead or dying language, but, surprisingly, it has made an impressive comeback over the past year.