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What Ben-Gurion Learned From Churchill

What Ben-Gurion Learned From Churchill

Israel’s future prime minister watched Churchill up close in war-time London, and then sounded Churchillian notes when called upon to rally his own nation.

May 23 2022 12:01AM
Podcast: John Podhoretz on Midge Decter’s Life in Ideas

Podcast: John Podhoretz on Midge Decter’s Life in Ideas

The late Midge Decter was a penetrating critic and a powerful writer. Her son joins the podcast this week to reflect on her legacy.

May 20 2022 12:01AM
David Mamet's Jewish Sensibility

David Mamet's Jewish Sensibility

One of America’s greatest living playwrights is also one of the more Jewishly compelling writers of our time, even if he gets left out of the bar-mitzvah anthologies.

May 18 2022 12:01AM
The Specter of Satmar

The Specter of Satmar

How did a small Transylvanian movement become the most powerful player in worldwide ultra-Orthodoxy?

May 16 2022 12:07AM
Podcast: Motti Inbari on the Yemenite Children Affair

Podcast: Motti Inbari on the Yemenite Children Affair

Did the Israeli government kidnap Yemenite Jewish children in the state’s early days? A historian joins us to explain the story, why it’s a myth, and why it won’t go away.

May 12 2022 12:41AM
Is a Jewish Language Really Still Spoken by Non-Jews in Bavaria?

Is a Jewish Language Really Still Spoken by Non-Jews in Bavaria?

Only in Schopfloch, as far as I know, have a large number of originally Jewish words survived in the speech of the local populace to this day.

May 11 2022 12:01AM
How a Founding Socialist Inspired Karl Marx, and Then Went on to Herald the State of Israel
May 9 2022 12:17AM
Podcast: Christine Emba on Rethinking Sex

Podcast: Christine Emba on Rethinking Sex

Is consent, and consent alone, sufficient for modern sexual ethics? That’s the question the writer Christine Emba, this week’s podcast guest, takes up in her fascinating new book.

May 6 2022 12:01AM
Not Everything Is a Charging Boar

Not Everything Is a Charging Boar

The signal achievement of Genesis is to find heroism not just on the field of battle—where Odysseus, too, excels—but on the hardscrabble ground of everyday life.

May 4 2022 12:01AM
Podcast: Shany Mor on How to Understand the Recent Terror Attacks in Israel

Podcast: Shany Mor on How to Understand the Recent Terror Attacks in Israel

An Israeli analyst joins us to provide essential context for the recent wave of terror against the Jewish state.

April 28 2022 12:01AM
Johanna Kaplan's Serious American Jewish Comedy

Johanna Kaplan's Serious American Jewish Comedy

The characters in her new story collection are fully formed creatures of that transitional 20th-century moment between European Jewish survivors and American forgetters.

April 27 2022 12:01AM
What Jabotinsky Had to Say about Ukraine

What Jabotinsky Had to Say about Ukraine

A native of Odessa, the Jewish thinker needed no convincing that Ukrainians were a distinct nation. He understood that if they were subdued, no other nation would stand a chance.

April 25 2022 12:01AM
Podcast: Abraham Socher on His Life in Jewish Letters and the Liberal Arts

Podcast: Abraham Socher on His Life in Jewish Letters and the Liberal Arts

The founding editor of the Jewish Review Books joins us to discuss his educational formation, his intellectual preoccupations, and the essays that make up his new book.

April 21 2022 12:01AM
Why English-Speaking Jews Call It "Passover" Rather Than "Pesah"

Why English-Speaking Jews Call It "Passover" Rather Than "Pesah"

One never hears Jews speak among themselves of Sukkot as the holiday of Booths, or of Rosh Hashanah as New Year’s Day. Why the difference?

April 20 2022 12:01AM