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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
The Journey to Jewtown

The Journey to Jewtown

The origins of two strange names for French villages that are now suburbs of Paris.

May 30 2018 12:01AM
Rembrandt and the Dangers of Vision

Rembrandt and the Dangers of Vision

To perceive without seeing, and to utilize sight to sharpen rather than to detract from insight, is an essential Jewish task. This is the challenge that Rembrandt allows us to glimpse.

May 25 2018 12:01AM
Survival; or, How My Family Beat the Odds in 1940

Survival; or, How My Family Beat the Odds in 1940

It wasn’t easy for an entire Jewish family to escape Eastern Europe in the mid-20th century. Ruth Wisse’s did.

May 17 2018 12:01AM
In His Biblical Scenes, the 17th-Century Dutch Painter Jan Steen Rivals Rembrandt Himself

In His Biblical Scenes, the 17th-Century Dutch Painter Jan Steen Rivals Rembrandt Himself

Like Rembrandt’s, Steen’s art reflects a tremendous effort to humanize Jewish figures.

May 3 2018 12:01AM
Some Key Founders of the International Human Rights Movement Were Also Zionists

Some Key Founders of the International Human Rights Movement Were Also Zionists

Like Zionism, the global human rights movement was the product of Jews motivated by the need to find a refuge for their beleaguered people.

May 2 2018 12:01AM
The Unique Architecture of Jewish India

The Unique Architecture of Jewish India

A new book portrays a community of enduring faith and proudly distinct character dating back to pre-Roman times: a remarkable Jewish path through time.

April 26 2018 12:01AM