History & Ideas

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

Oct. 11 2019 12:01AM

Unlike, say, “World War I,” the “Yom Kippur War” caught on from the start and never faded. Aside from its naturalness, it has an associational richness that no other names could match.

Oct. 3 2019 12:01AM

Why the words for both are so similar in so many languages, and why Hebrew has turned out to be the rare exception.

Sept. 18 2019 12:01AM

Prewar, no countries had wanted to take in Europe’s Jews. Postwar, many were poised to claim the spoils of the murdered—until an unprecedented group of experts stepped in.

Sept. 17 2019 1:02AM

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