What a Recent Novel on Modern Orthodox Teenage Rebels Lacks

In his debut novel, the Orchard, David Hopen tells the story of Ari Eden, a seventeen-year-old student at a Modern Orthodox prep school in suburban Florida who falls in with some rebellious classmates. Here, as Michal Leibowitz writes in her review, Ari encounters “a world of opulence, debauchery, and ambition,” complete with “drinking, of course, and drugs and girls.” Hopen adds to this mix a charismatic classmate who entertains Kabbalah-tinged heresies. Leibowitz assesses the book’s strengths, and its weaknesses:

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More about: American Jewish literature, American Jewry, Kabbalah, Modern Orthodoxy

When Jews, and Jewish Institutions, Give Cover to Anti-Semites

June 22 2021

During the recent round of fighting between Israel and Hamas, a few left-wing members of Congress not only condemned the Jewish state, but repeated libelous claims about “attacks” on al-Aqsa mosque. Worse still, their rhetoric seemed to imply, in classic anti-Semitic fashion, that Israel is not just a particularly problematic country, but one somehow at the root of all the world’s other problems. Seth Mandel writes:

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More about: ADL, Anti-Semitism, Anti-Zionism, Chuck Schumer, Congress