Michael Weingrad

Michael Weingrad is professor of Jewish studies at Portland State University and a frequent contributor to Mosaic and the Jewish Review of Books. 

The First-Ever Anthology of Israeli Science Fiction and Fantasy

Grasping the special virtues of Zion’s Fiction.

Oct. 17 2018 12:01AM

How American Jews Came to Believe That Tikkun Olam Was at the Core of Their Tradition

A new book shows the harm that ensues when religion morphs into social-justice activism.

Aug. 1 2018 12:01AM

My Funny Levantines

Two new novels offer angles of vision into Jewish experience in the pre- or non-Israeli parts of the modern Middle East.

June 21 2018 12:47AM

In the Poems of Rahel, We Recognize Ourselves

In their seeming simplicity, they convey an intricately layered, acutely realized, and intensely moving human vision.

June 11 2018 12:01AM

Best Books of the Year, as Selected by Mosaic Authors

Spy games, catch-67s, lionesses, smugglers, patriots, setting suns, and more.

Dec. 27 2017 12:01AM

From King David to Larry David: A New Look at Jewish Humor

For better, and for worse, Jeremy Dauber’s Jewish Comedy: A Serious History tells the story of Jewish comedy as the story of Jewish civilization.

Nov. 1 2017 12:01AM

Famous Amos

The latest novel by Amos Oz, Israel’s best-known writer, is ostensibly an allegory about both the state of Israel and the betrayal of Jesus. What’s it actually about?

March 29 2017 12:01AM

Why Are Jewish Children's Books so Bad?

Year after year, most of what gets served up to young Jewish readers is poorly conceived, substantively shallow, and reeking of chicken-soup nostalgia.

Nov. 16 2016 12:01AM

A Rich 1925 Novel about the Recurring Dilemmas of Jewish Existence

Reubeni, Prince of the Jews, by Kafka’s close friend Max Brod, reminds us of the perils of elevating utopianism over the responsibilities of politics.

Sept. 19 2016 12:01AM

Why Are There No Great Israeli Superheroes?

The caped inventions of American Jewish cartoonists have thrilled countless people around the world. Israeli Jews have never produced anything comparable. Why?

Oct. 21 2015 12:01AM

Philadelphia Story

For this Jewish writer and intellectual, childhood took place in a “decaying, fear-ridden city” with a mob family who called it home.

June 11 2015 12:01AM

An Unknown Yiddish Masterpiece That Anticipated the Holocaust

Written in 1923, “In the Crucifix Kingdom” depicts Europe as a Jewish wasteland. Why has no one read it?

April 15 2015 12:01AM

An Israeli Writer’s Great American Novel

In his prize-winning new novel, Reuven Namdar asks whether American Jewry is a house on fire. His answer is. . . .

March 5 2015 12:01AM

The Russians Have Pushkin, the Jews Have Bialik

A powerful new film, available online, shows us the man who more than any other shaped the modern Hebrew language.

Feb. 5 2015 12:01AM

Patrick Modiano's (Jewish?) Sorrow

Is the 2014 Nobel Prize-winner’s work really driven by the legacy of the Holocaust in France? Or is it more personal?

Dec. 17 2014 12:01AM

Memoirs of a Jewish Extremist

A just-reissued classic explores an unfamiliar realm of Jewish experience—and is a great American tale besides.

Nov. 18 2014 12:01AM

Culture and the Classroom

Programs of Jewish studies in colleges and universities have added greatly to the possibilities for Jewish self-understanding. But they offer no sure pathway to Jewish identity.

May 11 2014 12:00PM