History & Ideas

The desert fortress has become a powerful symbol of Jewish resistance. A new book examines the evidence to see how much of the story, including the famous mass suicide, is true.

Aug. 14 2019 12:01AM

“I am tired and thirsty, I must have . . .”

Stuart Schoffman
Aug. 8 2019 12:01AM

The great poet safely traversed a minefield by counting in poetic meters.

Cnaan Liphshiz
Aug. 8 2019 12:01AM

That sentiment, held by British officials in Mandate Palestine, was the origin of the idea that the city should instead be internationalized.

July 29 2019 12:01AM

We hear a lot about “the Occupation” these days. There’s no need to say which. But where does the term come from, and how much is it worth?

July 24 2019 12:01AM

The author of the recent Mosaic essay drops by to draw a picture of a now-vanished world of flamethrowers, washed-up ideologues, and true believers.

July 5 2019 12:01AM

Ben Hecht invented the gangster movie. He also prodded Roosevelt into saving thousands of Jews from the Nazis, and marshaled reluctant American Jews into becoming Zionists.

July 3 2019 12:01AM

I am fortunate to have witnessed, and been offered, not only real madness but also real, and not delusional, goodness.

June 26 2019 12:01AM

Variations of Hebrew’s misken, meaning “poor” or “unfortunate,” can be found from Italian to Swahili to Tagalog and far beyond.

June 19 2019 12:01AM

Airing the complicity of some American Jews with Soviet criminality is essential to the honor and the reputation of the Jewish people.

June 17 2019 12:01AM

An exhibit at the Jewish Museum London showcases the old, vicious stereotype with the aim of debunking it. But does it succeed?

June 12 2019 12:01AM

But notoriously some, like Morton Sobell, were both. For the Jewish community, their highly visible profile was a constant source of tension and embarrassment.

June 11 2019 12:01AM

What you notice when returning to your native country after many years away: everyone starts sentences with “So” and ends them with a question mark.

June 5 2019 12:01AM