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Ruth Wisse

 
About the author

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).

Friends, but never close, our paths intersected and then diverged, until this past September, when I connected with Leonard for the last time.

Nov. 30 2016 12:01AM

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?

Dec. 21 2015 12:01AM

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.

Oct. 12 2015 12:01AM

Memories of the day, twenty-two years ago, when the Oslo Accords were signed—and of the price Israel paid for that “terrible mistake.”

Sept. 10 2015 12:01AM

Responsibility for American universities’ failure to confront anti-Semitism rests with administrators and faculty.

May 26 2015 12:01AM

Anti-Semitism on American college campuses is rising—and worsening. Where does it come from, and can it be stopped?

May 4 2015 12:01AM

A stale New Yorker quiz prompts stale accusations of anti-Semitism. More interesting is the trope of the canine Jew.

April 2 2015 12:01AM

What drove the great writer to employ a “harem” of translators? A new film tells much, but not all.

Jan. 21 2015 12:01AM

What does it mean to be “pro-Israel” on campus today? A new novel tells the tale.

Nov. 5 2014 12:01AM
Two acclaimed new books about Israel betray a disquieting lack of moral confidence in their subject and its story
Dec. 18 2013 8:36PM

Dear Hillel: Don't you think that Israel needs American Jews to help it withstand the campaigns of hate it faces?

Nov. 13 2013 8:57PM