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The Prophet Whose Glorious Words Permeate Jewish Consciousness

The Prophet Whose Glorious Words Permeate Jewish Consciousness

Isaiah’s unforgettable language serves much the same role in spoken Hebrew that Shakespeare’s does in English.

July 18 2018 12:01AM
Do We Take Pleasure, or Do We Scoop It Up?

Do We Take Pleasure, or Do We Scoop It Up?

The hidden roots of the Yiddish-American expression “to shep nakhes.

July 11 2018 12:01AM
The Vital Energies, Especially Musical, of Israel's Desert Towns

The Vital Energies, Especially Musical, of Israel's Desert Towns

A letter from the “development town” of Ofakim, where Jews from North Africa are helping to forge a new Israeli culture.

July 5 2018 12:01AM
A First Draft of the Life of Benjamin Netanyahu

A First Draft of the Life of Benjamin Netanyahu

A new biography compels the thought that the prime minister’s alienation from opinions held dear by the Israeli elite—and by his biographer—has been one of the secrets of his success.

July 2 2018 12:01AM
Rembrandt and the One Gentile Prophet in the Hebrew Bible

Rembrandt and the One Gentile Prophet in the Hebrew Bible

How does the great painter render the tale of Balaam and the ass?

June 28 2018 12:01AM
The Real Zionist Planters' Society in James Joyce's "Ulysses"

The Real Zionist Planters' Society in James Joyce's "Ulysses"

The curious case of Agendath Netaim, which the half-Jewish Leopold Bloom spends a whole day considering.

June 27 2018 12:01AM
My Funny Levantines

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
Freedom; or, How a Family of Survivors Found Its Place in Jewish Montreal

Freedom; or, How a Family of Survivors Found Its Place in Jewish Montreal

Father brought us out of bondage, but Mother decided where we were to settle and how we were to live.

June 20 2018 12:01AM
The Dread-Inducing Work of Weimar's Jewish Artists

The Dread-Inducing Work of Weimar's Jewish Artists

An exhibit at the Neue Galerie offered a taste of Jewish art from “before the fall,” but the subject cries out for a more ambitious undertaking.

June 14 2018 12:01AM
Where Do Hebrew Acronyms Come From?

Where Do Hebrew Acronyms Come From?

Medieval and modern Hebrew are unusually rich in abbreviations, but in a manner that is the reverse of English.

June 13 2018 12:01AM
Is There a Physical Reality to God?

Is There a Physical Reality to God?

That’s the question raised by a poem sung at many Ashkenazi services.

June 7 2018 12:01AM
With the Death of Bernard Lewis, the Age of Academic Giants Has Come to an End

With the Death of Bernard Lewis, the Age of Academic Giants Has Come to an End

Professional study of Middle East history now belongs to incompetents and political agitators.

June 6 2018 12:01AM
Why the Menorah Is the Most Enduring of All Jewish Symbols

Why the Menorah Is the Most Enduring of All Jewish Symbols

Unlike the case with nearly every other Tabernacle fixture, the function of the menorah does not cease when the Jewish people no longer possess a Temple.

May 31 2018 1:30AM