Ruth Wisse is a research professor in Yiddish and comparative literature at Harvard and a distinguished senior fellow at the Tikvah Fund. Her books include Jews and Power, The Modern Jewish Canon, and, most recently, No Joke: Making Jewish Humor (2013).
In brilliantly charting the psychological effects of anti-Semitism on both its perpetrators and its victims, a newly translated 1934 novel outdoes even such master analysts as Freud and Proust.
Friends, but never close, our paths intersected and then diverged, until this past September, when I connected with Leonard for the last time.
Poland offered Jews some of the best conditions they ever experienced in exile—until it didn’t. How are Poles dealing with that history today?
American readers might consider the flight of French Jewry to be as foreign as foie gras. But there are warnings to be heeded even by them.
Memories of the day, twenty-two years ago, when the Oslo Accords were signed—and of the price Israel paid for that “terrible mistake.”
Responsibility for American universities’ failure to confront anti-Semitism rests with administrators and faculty.
Anti-Semitism on American college campuses is rising—and worsening. Where does it come from, and can it be stopped?
A stale New Yorker quiz prompts stale accusations of anti-Semitism. More interesting is the trope of the canine Jew.
What drove the great writer to employ a “harem” of translators? A new film tells much, but not all.
What does it mean to be “pro-Israel” on campus today? A new novel tells the tale.
Dear Hillel: Don't you think that Israel needs American Jews to help it withstand the campaigns of hate it faces?