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Michael Weingrad

 
About the author

Michael Weingrad is professor of Jewish studies at Portland State University, and the editor and translator of Letters to America: Selected Poems of Reuven Ben-Yosef  (out now from Syracuse University Press). He is a frequent contributor to Mosaic and the Jewish Review of Books, and he also writes at the website Investigations and Fantasies.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 15 2015 12:01AM

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

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

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

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

Nov. 18 2014 12:01AM

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