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:

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

 

How Israel Can Stand Up to a Belligerent Turkey

Sept. 25 2020

Under the leadership of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Ankara has become increasingly authoritarian, Islamist, and hostile toward Israel and the West more generally. The Turkish government has also indicated that it aspires to alter its maritime border with Greece, and even its border with Syria. Analyzing these changes, and what they term the country’s “bellicose foreign policy,” Efraim Inbar, Eran Lerman, and Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak examine the implications for Israel, and how the Jewish state might best respond:

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More about: Israeli Security, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey, U.S. Foreign policy