A Popular American Yiddish Novel about a Modern Woman’s Personal “Battle against Free Love”

While the curious English-language reader can find some of the great works of Yiddish literature available in translation, the vast corpus of popular fiction remains untranslated. Jessica Kirzane has changed this with her recent rendering into English of Miriam Karpilove’s Diary of a Lonely Girl: The Battle against Free Love—first published serially from 1916 to 1918. In her review, Dara Horn writes

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More about: American Jewry, Jewish literature, Sexual ethics, Yiddish literature

 

UN Peacekeepers in Lebanon Do More Harm Than Good

Aug. 12 2020

With its size, budget, and remit greatly expanded following the 2006 war between Israel and Hizballah, the United Nations International Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) is tasked with keeping both sides’ forces out of the southern portion of the country. While the IDF has indeed abided by the armistice, UNIFIL has failed spectacularly at compelling Hizballah to do the same. Eugene Kontorovich argues that, unless the peacekeeping force can be reorganized so as to be effective, it would be better to scrap it, or at the very least reduce its size:

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More about: Hizballah, Israeli Security, Lebanon, Peacekeepers, U.S. Foreign policy, United Nations