History & Ideas

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

If you did not leave Poland with the Soviets in June 1941, it is most inadvisable to do so now.

May 1 2019 2:17AM

Socialism, so recently considered over and done with, is now back. What does it mean for the Jews?

April 29 2019 12:57AM

A new book gives reason to reflect on the little-known story of the Jewish teenager who assassinated a German diplomat in 1938, an act that served as the pretext for Kristallnacht.

April 25 2019 12:01AM

Not packaged, not square, not oven-baked: that’s what it wasn’t. But what it was and where the name for it comes from is still something of a mystery.

April 24 2019 12:01AM

A story told by ancient bits of clay.

Daniel Shani
April 2 2019 12:01AM

What happened to the 470,000 Jews who lived there?

Lawrence Rosen
April 1 2019 12:01AM

Nathan-Melekh, servant of King Josiah.

Amanda Borschel-Dan
April 1 2019 12:01AM