Remembering Herman Wouk—and Plucky, Unlucky, Marjorie Morningstar

The celebrated writer Herman Wouk died on Friday, just ten days before his 104th birthday. Between 1947 and 2012 he wrote sixteen novels, in addition to plays and non-fiction books; his last work, a memoir, appeared in 2015. A devout and learned Jew, Wouk often dealt in his books with the themes of Judaism, the American Jewish experience, and the state of Israel. In a 2010 piece from Jewish Ideas Daily, Margot Lurie revisits one of his most popular novels, Marjorie Morningstar, derided at the time of its publication for its flat writing and middlebrow qualities:

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More about: American Jewish History, American Jewish literature, Herman Wouk, Marjorie Morningstar

The American Association of University Professors Celebrates Anti-Semitism

Last week, the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), an influential academic organization, announced that Rabab Ibrahim Abdulhadi of San Francisco State University would receive one of its annual awards, citing her “courage, persistence, political foresight, and concern for human rights . . . in her scholarship, teaching, [and] public advocacy” as well as her efforts to “advance the agenda for social change in Palestine, the United States, and internationally.” Those efforts, notes Jonathan Marks, include supporting the exclusion of the Jewish campus group Hillel from a university-wide event, and lambasting the school’s president for apologizing for that exclusion:

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More about: Academia, Anti-Semitism, Israel on campus