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The Genius of Jeremy Corbyn

The Genius of Jeremy Corbyn

The much-documented anti-Semitism of the British Labor party leader is no accident.

Jan. 16 2019 12:01AM
Italy's Unheralded Role in Securing International Support for the Balfour Declaration, and Beyond

Italy's Unheralded Role in Securing International Support for the Balfour Declaration, and Beyond

When, 100 years ago, the victors in World War I needed a push to get behind “the right of Jews to reconstitute in Palestine their National Home,” Italy was there.

Jan. 10 2019 12:01AM
Did This Odd Hebrew Expression Come from an Afro-American Folktale?

Did This Odd Hebrew Expression Come from an Afro-American Folktale?

The many hypothesized sources for the saying, “To have butter on one’s head.”

Jan. 9 2019 12:01AM
A Pagan-Seeming Blessing in the Daily Prayers

A Pagan-Seeming Blessing in the Daily Prayers

Why do Jews praise the great lights?

Jan. 3 2019 12:01AM
Ascent; Or, Moving to Israel in the 1970s

Ascent; Or, Moving to Israel in the 1970s

For me, living in Israel is a moral imperative. There is no elegant or painless way to describe why, after a  year, we left.

Jan. 2 2019 12:01AM
Playing Defense in Lebanon

Playing Defense in Lebanon

A new book explores the changing tactics, and essential continuities, in Israel’s decades-long but mostly undeclared war against Hizballah.

Dec. 27 2018 12:01AM
The Return of Shlomo Sand

The Return of Shlomo Sand

The notorious author of The Invention of the Jewish People is back, this time with a screed against certain French intellectuals with a certain something in common.

Dec. 26 2018 12:01AM
Rembrandt's Very Human, Very Accurate, Very Jewish (and Very Unclassical) David

Rembrandt's Very Human, Very Accurate, Very Jewish (and Very Unclassical) David

Michelangelo’s universally admired depiction of one of history’s most famous Jews is not the least bit Jewish. Take, on the other hand, Rembrandt.

Dec. 20 2018 12:01AM
The Movement to De-Gender Hebrew is Linguistically Mad

The Movement to De-Gender Hebrew is Linguistically Mad

It is practically impossible to utter a complete sentence in Hebrew that lacks gender.

Dec. 19 2018 12:01AM
The Best Books of 2018, Chosen by Mosaic Authors

The Best Books of 2018, Chosen by Mosaic Authors

Letters, antidotes, eternal lives, outcasts, secret worlds, pogroms, and more.

Dec. 12 2018 12:01AM
What If You Trivialize Hitler?

What If You Trivialize Hitler?

The question has plagued artists ever since the Holocaust. At least one contemporary artist manages to pass the test.

Dec. 6 2018 12:01AM
Why "Hanukkah Gelt" and not "Hanukkah Money"?

Why "Hanukkah Gelt" and not "Hanukkah Money"?

It sounds less mercenary—which is probably also why real coins eventually gave way to chocolate ones.

Dec. 5 2018 12:01AM
Perseverance; or, My Fight to Study, and to Teach, Yiddish Literature

Perseverance; or, My Fight to Study, and to Teach, Yiddish Literature

In the late 1960s, appointments in Jewish studies were springing up in tandem with the “adversarial culture.” But we intended to strengthen the universities, not to trash them.

Nov. 29 2018 12:01AM
How to Defend Nationalism, and How Not to

How to Defend Nationalism, and How Not to

Defective history and some untenable key distinctions mar a brilliant, necessary, and much-discussed new book.

Nov. 26 2018 12:01AM