Andrew Koss

Andrew N. Koss, a senior editor of Mosaic, is writing a book about the Jews of Vilna during World War I.

Watch Andrew Koss and David N. Myers Discuss Whether Jewish Studies Has Turned against the Jews

Mosaic editor and a Jewish studies professor discuss if and how Jewish studies has lost its way, and whether it can recover.

June 6 2024 12:01AM

Jewish Studies against the Jews

As America’s universities catch fire and its Jewish students grow more fearful, the field most likely to have something to say has remained silent—or worse. How did it go wrong?

May 6 2024 3:01AM

The Best Books of 2023, Part II

Featuring fears, fates, burdens of power, memory wars, Sabbath days, Russian writers and timeless questions, years of upheaval, Japanese Jews, and more.

Dec. 21 2023 12:01AM

The Presence of Peretz: A Discussion with Ruth Wisse and Andrew Koss

The only Jewish personality who ranks with the Yiddish writer Y.L. Peretz was Herzl, who devoted himself to a similar task in the political domain.

Aug. 30 2023 12:01AM

The Best Books of 2022, Chosen by Mosaic Authors

Featuring wars, peacemakers, two cultures, pogroms, plays, four ages, wild problems, caves, magic, letters, American conservatives, liberal parents, radical children, and more.

Dec. 19 2022 12:01AM

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

Orthodoxy's Cancel Culture

The recent decision to stop selling the books of a disgraced Orthodox children’s author reflects a pre-liberal sensibility worth recovering.

March 31 2022 1:06AM

Israel’s Ukraine Problem, and America’s

The Jewish state has been criticized this week for not standing up for Ukraine against Russia. It would probably like to, but its hands have been tied by its own closest ally.

Feb. 28 2022 12:01AM

The Best Books of 2021, Chosen by Mosaic Authors (Part II)

Four more of our writers pick several favorites each, featuring two Ruths, passengers, Lincoln, Verdun, chief rabbis, Jewish Montreal, sweet spots, a fortress, and more.

Dec. 15 2021 12:01AM

Yuri Slezkine’s Undiscriminating Eye

How a much-lauded historian with a genius for identifying similarities—but no eye for differences—misreads Jewish history.

Nov. 12 2020 12:01AM

What Does the Purim Story Have to Do with Righteous Gentiles?

Precious little, you would think. But actually, thanks to one figure in the story, quite a lot.

March 19 2019 12:01AM

How to Defend Nationalism, and How Not to

Defective history and some untenable key distinctions mar a brilliant, necessary, and much-discussed new book.

Nov. 26 2018 12:01AM

Do the Ultra-Orthodox Censor Historical Truth?

A new book explains, and over-explains, why ultra-Orthodox authorities resort to Photoshop.

Dec. 14 2016 12:01AM

Fresh Light on Life within the Walls of the Warsaw and Łódź Ghettos

Eyewitness reportage from Poland helps explain the Holocaust better than a shelf of well-researched histories.

Jan. 20 2016 12:01AM

Busting the Shtetl Myth

What you think you know about Jewish life in Eastern Europe is wrong, argues a fascinating (but problematic) new book.

Aug. 20 2014 6:34PM