Mosaic Magazine

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Thursday, October 2

The Ongoing Scandal of UNRWA

The UN agency charged with tending to Palestinian “refugees,” lavishly funded by the U.S., flagrantly violates American law and policy. Yet the State Department acts as its protector.

Bibi in the Hornet’s Nest

Israel’s prime minister put words to strong effect at the UN. But his concluding remarks still gave cause for his supporters to worry.

Arendt in Jerusalem

The theory that Adolf Eichmann was no anti-Semite but only a “banal” and mindless bureaucrat has been rightly and thoroughly discredited. Or has it?

Israel’s Muslim Ally

Much to the annoyance of its fiercely anti-Israel neighbors, Azerbaijan supplies the Jewish state with much of its oil in exchange for crucial military aid.

Lost in Translation

Modern Hebrew is blessed with an abundance of literary translators. But can the allusive and often strange language of its greatest masters really be rendered into English?

Wednesday, October 1

Speaking for Whom?

The major Islamic organizations in the U.S. do not represent American Muslims. What they represent is the anti-American and anti-Israel Muslim Brotherhood. (Interview by David Oman)

Bad Neighbors, Worse Choices

Israel may soon have either Hizballah or al-Qaeda on its northern doorstep. Should it create a buffer zone, and what would be the consequences?

The Tel Aviv-Beijing-New Delhi Perplex

What does Israel gain from its growing economic ties with China and India? Certainly not greater diplomatic support in the United Nations, but something more valuable still.

Joyful Noises

From King David to American Pentecostals, boisterous worshipers have annoyed those who prefer their worship quiet and dignified. Two cheers for the noisemakers.

Diamonds in the Desert

In the community of Halutza, Israelis expelled from Gaza in 2005 make the parched land bloom with citron (etrog) trees.

Tuesday, September 30

Gaza Next?

Why Hamas, though momentarily chastened, may soon be tempted to start another war.

Why (Some) Jews are Conservative

A handful of Jews played key roles in helping William F. Buckley, Jr. found modern American conservatism. What set them apart from the mainstream of their coreligionists?

Jews, Harvard, and the Classics

As the fabled Loeb Classical Library goes digital, it’s worth recalling the cellist and banker whose passion initiated the 521-volume project.

Israel’s Other Allies

With a relationship dating back to 1948 and earlier, it’s no surprise that Israel is the greatest supporter of Kurdish national aspirations.

Monday, September 29

Show Trial at Turtle Bay

In the eyes of William Schabas, head of the UN panel investigating the Gaza war, Israel is guilty until proved innocent.

Some Coins Have Only One Side

The Death of Klinghoffer elevates criminal pathology and is an insult to opera, music, and art.

The Death Boats of Gaza

Hamas operatives have taken to extorting money from Palestinians fleeing Gaza. The result: some 500 people missing at sea, presumed drowned.

Poetic License

Four of the greatest modern Hebrew poets have been chosen to grace Israel's new banknotes. For non-literary reasons, all four choices have come under fire.

Temple of Moloch?

Was human sacrifice practiced at the ruins found in modern-day Jordan? Some archaeologists are convinced of it.

Wednesday, September 24

Why Qatar Supports Terror

Qatar’s support for Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood has a long history, and is part of the emirate’s geopolitical strategy to topple the Middle East’s traditional regimes.

Hijacking the Lancet

The authors of the medical journal’s infamous “open letter” on Gaza are anti-Semitic conspiracy theorists with ties to David Duke; the journal’s editor seems fine with that.

My Life Without Leonard Cohen

“I bet on him as on a racehorse, certain that he would become the guardian truth-teller of my generation.” (1995)

A Friend of Israel?

Senator Elizabeth Warren has incensed some on the Left by affirming Israel’s right to defend itself. Is that why she recently called comparisons between Israel and Nazi Germany “fair”?

Animal, Abnormal, Whatever

When it comes to the Gaza campaign, linguistic obtuseness leads to radical distortion at the New York Times and tendentious, error-riddled assertions at the Forward.
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Adam and I

On Jews and Judaism

The Future of American Jewry
“The American Jewish community today is comfortable, secure, but lacking in self-confidence.” So Irving Kristol wrote in 1991. Right then; right now?
by Irving Kristol


On Jews and Judaism

Irving Kristol, Born Jewish
My late husband's political views are well-known. His Jewish ones, less so. But they’re at the root of everything.
by Gertrude Himmelfarb

The Situation in Europe

The Situation in Europe

Post-Liberal Europe and its Jewish Problem
Strong ideological currents are turning the continent into a very difficult place for Jewish survival.
by Natan Sharansky

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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


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


The Intellectual Scene

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


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



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


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


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


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