My encounters with the life and legacy of Velvl Greene.
A strange new case of linguistic evolution.
How a philosopher who had never before engaged in hard physical work moved to Palestine, became an ascetic day laborer, and inspired a movement.
Why is the writing of this great modern Hebrew novelist so dark and anguished, and why does so much of it take such a ferociously negative view of Jews?
A noted philosopher’s critique of one of liberalism’s most treasured theories clears room for a conception of politics informed by Judaism.
Despite the silly claims of two computer scientists.
The Cecil B. DeMille version of the revelation at Sinai, in which Moses ascends the mountain on his own and returns bearing tablets, misses key aspects of the Israelites’ experience.
Forest Dark is dazzling and promises insight into, among other things, contemporary Israel, but in the end it doesn’t deliver.
In Hebrew, Arabic, English, German, or any other language, taboo words are curious things.
As millions of Jews fell under the Nazi yoke, Zionism’s foremost leader came to America with one goal. He didn’t achieve it.
The story of the biblical word b’liya’al.
Meet Lewis (not Levi, and not Leo) Strauss, the now-forgotten American Jew who helped German Jews escape the Nazis, played a key role in developing nuclear weapons, and more.
One engages in dialogue with his fellow Jews, and one engages in a dialogue with God. What’s the meaning of the difference?
One-hundred years ago, over a lunch, the internationalization of Jerusalem became irrelevant—and it remains so.