History & Ideas

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

With the recent death of the unrepentant spy, his story, along with that of other American Jews steeped in Communism, can finally be told.

June 3 2019 12:01AM

At arguably the moment of Harvard’s greatest involvement with Jews and Judaism, new movements in (anti-)intellectual thought started to creep in, too.

May 29 2019 1:36AM

Before becoming linked to the famous architect who was trying to escape it, the German word mies (rotten) made its way from Hebrew, to Yiddish, to a thieves’ argot called Rotwelsch.

May 22 2019 12:01AM

At each point—1897, 1917, and 1947—one Jewish leader appeared, and showed greatness.

May 7 2019 12:01AM

From academia to philanthropy to journalism, my experience with Jewish leadership has been by turns discouraging and inspiring.

May 3 2019 12:01AM

How something as simple as a brief moment of reflection for schoolchildren could influence hearts and minds for the better.

May 2 2019 1:42AM