Mosaic Magazine

Essays

What Now for Israel?

In the Middle East, it is always inadvisable to discount the virtues of the status quo compared with what may be coming next. Read More…

Responses

  1. Keeping the Status Quo, and Improving It by Elliott Abrams
    Trapped between certain chaos in the West Bank if it withdraws and loss of international legitimacy if it doesn’t, can Israel still act affirmatively? Can we?

  2. What Now for the United States by Michael Doran
    How America can help the new Arab-Israel alliance to resist IS and stabilize the Middle East.

  3. The Case for Unilateral Action by Amos Yadlin
    Why Israel needs to move now toward a division of the land—even in the absence of a peace deal.

  4. Can the Unsustainable Be Sustained? by Haviv Rettig Gur
    Israel's prime minister has indicated it might shelve the two-state solution. How would the world react, and how much would it matter?

  5. Israel's Situation, in One Word by Robert Satloff
    Good. In two words: not good. But despite the murkiness, there are things it can do.

Can Modern Orthodoxy Survive?

Modern Orthodoxy was founded on the premise that it’s possible to combine fidelity to traditional Judaism with modern values and understandings. That premise is being tested like never before. Read More…

Responses

  1. The Unresolved Dilemmas of Modern Orthodoxy by Jack Wertheimer
    Everyone agrees that the movement needs to rethink and revamp. Very few agree on how.

  2. Against Open Orthodoxy by Barry Freundel
    Being both “open” and Orthodox sounds to me like an excuse for anything goes.

  3. How to Rejuvenate Modern Orthodoxy by Asher Lopatin
    Modern Orthodoxy as it developed in mid-century America was dynamic, vibrant, challenging. Thanks to Open Orthodoxy, it will be again.

  4. Why Modern Orthodoxy Is in Crisis by Adam Ferziger
    A realignment is occurring in the Orthodox world; to flourish, the Modern Orthodox need to recover their sense of collective purpose.

  5. Let Us Now Praise Modern Orthodoxy by Sylvia Barack Fishman
    Against all odds, Modern Orthodoxy has successfully mixed serious religious engagement with modern life. Now it just has to retain the courage of its own convictions.

  6. Modern Orthodoxy, and Orthodoxy by Samuel Heilman
    How does Modern Orthodoxy fit into the greater Orthodox world?

What Happened at Lydda

Perhaps no book by an Israeli has ever been promoted as massively in America as My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel, by the Ha’aretz columnist Ari Shavit. But how accurate is it? Read More…

Responses

  1. The Meaning of Massacre by Benny Morris and Martin Kramer
    The debate between Benny Morris and Martin Kramer over Israel's wartime conduct enters its second round.

  2. Distortion and Defamation by Martin Kramer
    The treatment of Lydda by Ari Shavit and my respondent Benny Morris has consequences even they didn’t intend.

  3. Zionism's Black Boxes by Benny Morris
    Martin Kramer shows how Ari Shavit manipulates and distorts history; but Kramer has an agenda of his own.

  4. The Uses of Lydda by Efraim Karsh
    How a confusing urban battle between two sides was transformed into a one-sided massacre of helpless victims.
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What Now for Israel?

Keeping the Status Quo, and Improving It
Trapped between certain chaos in the West Bank if it withdraws and loss of international legitimacy if it doesn’t, can Israel still act affirmatively? Can we?
By Elliott Abrams

Laufer

Holidays

Remembrance of Trumpets Past
Rosh Hashanah as described in the Torah looks very different from the Rosh Hashanah we know today. What happened, and what exactly are we celebrating?
by Nathan Laufer

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Karski

The Holocaust

A Tree Grows in Lublin
Remembering Jan Karski, the Pole who told FDR to his face about the Holocaust, and still wondered if he'd done enough.
By Joshua Muravchik

Freundel Wertheimer

Can Modern Orthodoxy Survive?

The Unresolved Dilemmas of Modern Orthodoxy
Everyone agrees that the movement needs to rethink and revamp. Very few agree on how.
By Jack Wertheimer

Fiddler

Tevye Betrayed

What’s Wrong with Fiddler on the Roof
Fifty years on, no work by or about Jews has won American hearts so thoroughly. So what's my problem?
By Ruth R. Wisse

Horn Surnames

What's In A Name

Jewish Surnames [Supposedly] Explained
“Dara, you’ll love this!” Actually, I don’t.
by Dara Horn

Benjamin

The Intellectual Scene

The Walter Benjamin Brigade
How an original but maddeningly opaque German Jewish intellectual became a thriving academic industry.
by Walter Laqueur

Golinkin

Conservative and Orthodox

The Crisis in Jewish Law Today
Orthodox rabbis need to stop worrying about 200-year-old battles with “Reformers” and allow Jewish law to develop organically, as it did in the past.
By David Golinkin

Kook

History

Abraham Isaac Kook Receives the Call
For a visionary rabbi in London, the Balfour Declaration of 1917 signified nothing less than the advent of the messianic era.
by Yehudah Mirsky

Gurfinkiel

The Situation in Europe

You Only Live Twice
Vibrant Jewish communities were reborn in Europe after the Holocaust. Is there a future for them in the 21st century?
by Michel Gurfinkiel

Degenerate Art

The Art World

Degenerate Art and the Jewish Grandmother
The story of the family behind the Nazi-era art trove.
By Walter Laqueur

Wertheimer

The September Essay

Intermarriage: Can Anything Be Done?
A half-century after the rate of intermarriage in the US began to skyrocket, the Jewish community appears to have resigned itself to the inevitable. But to declare defeat is preposterous.
by Jack Wertheimer

Aharon L

The Rabbinic World

Who Is Aharon Lichtenstein?
Introducing the extraordinary rabbi who next week will receive Israel’s highest honor.
By Elli Fischer

Rubinstein

Yom Hashoah

Making Amends
A mysterious request leads the Canadian-born son of a Holocaust survivor back to the old country.
by Robert Eli Rubinstein