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

A PLO Leader Enjoys the Lifesaving Medical Treatment He Would Deny His Fellow Palestinians

For three decades, Saeb Erekat—now secretary general of the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)—has served as the public face of the Palestinian cause and as Yasir Arafat’s chief negotiator. His frequent attempts to libel Israel, most notably with the canard that a pitched battle between the IDF and Palestinian soldiers in Jenin was a massacre of civilians, have had a particular staying power. Now he is being kept alive by an Israeli medical team. David Horovitz writes:

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More about: Coronavirus, PLO, Saeb Erekat