Allan Arkush

Allan Arkush is the senior contributing editor of the Jewish Review of Books and professor of Judaic studies and history at Binghamton University.

How World War I Changed the Course of American Zionism

The war and the danger to European Jewry brought with them a fervor that Jewish activists could only wish for these days.

Nov. 30 2022 12:01AM

The Rise of American Zionism

Shocked by World War I, American Jews turned to Zionism as a way to save their European brethren. Their support came at just the right moment to affect the course of Jewish history.

Nov. 7 2022 12:01AM

Podcast: Allan Arkush on Ahad Ha'am and "The Jewish State and Jewish Problem" (Rebroadcast)

In 1897, the great Zionist writer Aḥad Ha’am argued that Jewish culture, not politics, was the best avenue to bring about a new Jewish state. This week’s podcast revisits his important ideas.

Aug. 20 2021 12:01AM

The First Days of World Zionism, 122 Years Ago Tomorrow

A full English translation of the minutes of the first Zionist Congress is finally available, allowing an engrossing reconstruction of the momentous scene.

Aug. 28 2019 12:01AM

Does Such an Entity as "the Jewish People" Still Exist?

These days, many say no—but a functioning Jewish People’s Council would prove them wrong. And that’s reason enough to support it.

July 16 2018 1:15AM

The Other Other L. Strauss

Meet Lewis (not Levi, and not Leo) Strauss, the now-forgotten American Jew who helped German Jews escape the Nazis, played a key role in developing nuclear weapons, and more.

Jan. 10 2018 12:01AM

How Gentile Zionism Affected the Statesmen Behind the Balfour Declaration

Some of them viewed things in a more inspiring light than that of political and material interests.

June 19 2017 12:01AM

For George Eliot, to Appreciate the Jews Was to Save England

In a new lecture series, a master teacher shows the enduring relevance of the great 19th-century novelist’s Daniel Deronda.

March 15 2017 12:01AM

What Would Ahad Ha'am Think about Israel Today?

He would likely share more with young men sporting knitted kippot and young women in long skirts than with any other sizable group on the Israeli scene.

Oct. 10 2016 12:01AM

Abba Hillel Silver, Man of the Zionist Hour

The forgotten story of the arrogant, overbearing egotist who, with one speech, united the American Jewish community behind the Zionist idea and helped secure the Jewish future
Dec. 11 2013 10:38PM

Devaluing the Diaspora

Hillel Halkin's scorn for American Jewry.

Nov. 6 2013 3:21PM