The story of a ḥasidic pilgrimage site in a small town in New York.
A talmudic legend of a wicked emperor’s demise, set to verse.
“I hate no race.”
At ninety-two, the author remains at the height of her powers.
A new biography is a “narrative masterwork.”
The blessing and the curse.
Finding the thread that connects Franz Kafka, Amos Oz, Saul Bellow, and Cynthia Ozick.
Only the bookish can tell the vengeful mob which books to burn.
Jewish literature, like Jews, will either become more overtly Jewish, or cease to be Jewish at all.
Revisiting Cynthia Ozick’s “Innovation and Redemption.”
There is no Torah without interpretation.
A genius for historical contradictions.
On the novelist’s letters and a “repulsive category.”
The principle of havdalah.
The most polished writing and
sharpest analysis in the Jewish world.