How Mahjong Helped Jews Become Americans

July 20 2021

In Mahjong: A Chinese Game and the Making of Modern American Culture, Annelise Heinz tells how this game, which originated in China during the 19th century, made its way to the U.S., and became especially popular with Jews—who, as Menachem Wecker notes in his review, often lived “cheek-by-jowl” with Chinese immigrant communities. Wecker writes:

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More about: American Jewry, Asian Americans, China

 

Why a Government Victory in Southwestern Syria Is Bad News for Israel

Sept. 17 2021

Last week, Russia negotiated a ceasefire between the Syrian government and rebel forces in the city of Daraa, where the initial protests that sparked the uprising against Bashar al-Assad began. The agreement ended a 75-day assault on the city, located near the country’s southwestern border, by Russian, Iranian, and Syrian forces. Jonathan Spyer explains the significance of these events:

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More about: Golan Heights, Iran, Israeli Security, Russia, Syrian civil war