Haskalah

Solomon Maimon abandoned his wife and children in search of intellectual perfection, thereby entirely missing the point.

Oct. 11 2019 12:01AM

Going out vs. looking in.

Jan. 18 2018 12:01AM

Our secular culture tells believers that they are too sensible to remain people of faith.

Dec. 14 2017 12:01AM

Does Islam need a Haskalah?

Mustafa Akyol
Feb. 21 2017 12:01AM

Pinḥas Eliyahu Hurwitz’s bestseller remains popular among Ḥaredim today.

Yitzhak Melamed
Nov. 1 2016 12:01AM

Spreading “anti-Yiddish.”

YIVO
June 10 2016 12:01AM

For millions of Israelis (and others) who today write and speak the language with ease, Hebrew’s grand literary legacy is a book still waiting to be opened.

May 16 2016 12:01AM

The Strashun Library.

Dan Rabinowitz
Nov. 17 2015 12:01AM

As told by the author of The Dybbuk.

Polly Zavadivker
Oct. 1 2015 12:01AM

In 1819, Joseph Perl published Hebrew literature’s first novel. A riotous satire of the ḥasidic movement, it remains largely and unjustly forgotten.

May 11 2015 12:01AM

Ruth Wisse isn’t asking Jews to stop joking; but more than humor, she knows, is required to fend off their (dead-serious) enemies.

Joseph Epstein
Aug. 12 2013 12:00AM

Should the 19th-century Jewish Enlightenment be understood instead as the Romantic movement in Judaism? The evidence is underwhelming.

Daniel B. Schwartz
July 5 2013 12:00AM