Remembering Irving Howe’s Abilities as a Literary Critic and Observer of the American Jewish Predicament

June 16 2020

Last Thursday would have been the 100th birthday of the great American Jewish writer Irving Howe. A staunch socialist throughout his life, Howe—in the words of his protégé Michael Walzer—had an unwavering commitment to “defending freedom and democracy against Stalinist repression and its local apologists,” even when it meant provoking the ire of his fellow leftists. But Howe was also a gifted literary critic and eagle-eyed observer of American Jewish life. He exhibited both qualities in his 1946 review of Isaac Rosenfeld’s now-forgotten novel Passage from Home, in which he examines the protagonist, Bernard, as a peculiar of American Jewish type:

Create a free account to continue reading

Welcome to Mosaic

Create a free account to continue reading and you'll get two months of unlimited access to the best in Jewish thought, culture, and politics

Register

Create a free account to continue reading

Welcome to Mosaic

Create a free account to continue reading and you'll get two months of unlimited access to the best in Jewish thought, culture, and politics

Register

Read more at Commentary

More about: American Jewish literature, Irving Howe, Isaac Rosenfled, New York Intellectuals

When It Comes to the Israel-Palestinian Conflict, China Sides against Israel—and against the Jews

June 23 2021

In the rhetoric of Iran’s ayatollahs, the United States is the “Great Satan” while the Jewish state is the “Little Satan.” The Chinese Communist Party seems to have adopted a similar approach during the recent fighting between Israel and Hamas, writes Tuvia Gering:

Create a free account to continue reading

Welcome to Mosaic

Create a free account to continue reading and you'll get two months of unlimited access to the best in Jewish thought, culture, and politics

Register

Create a free account to continue reading

Welcome to Mosaic

Create a free account to continue reading and you'll get two months of unlimited access to the best in Jewish thought, culture, and politics

Register

Read more at Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security

More about: Anti-Semitism, China, Israel-China relations, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict