Russian Jewry

The great Russian Jewish writer was caught between revolution and daily life, Bolsheviks and Jews, a desire to kill and an inability to pull the trigger. Did he ever choose?

Dec. 6 2021 12:01AM

Putin has kept the beast of traditional Russian anti-Semitism chained in its lair—for now.

Dec. 2 2021 12:01AM

But a new biography argues that the poet wasn’t very Jewish or even very anti-Soviet.

Oct. 11 2021 12:01AM

Beware the Gentile who doesn’t cross himself in front of a church.

Sept. 1 2021 12:01AM

The case of Pauline Wengeroff.

Shulamit Magnus
March 15 2021 12:01AM

If victory in the Six-Day War was a mixed blessing, the Russian aliyah was just a blessing.

Nov. 30 2020 12:01AM

At the end of the 1980s, Israel was barely managing its finances and its security. Then a substantial part of the professional and cultural elite of a superpower showed up.

Nov. 23 2020 12:01AM

The Israeli journalist and author of our November essay joins us to talk about the lives featured in his work.

Nov. 19 2020 12:27AM

The Israeli government categorizes many of the Russian immigrants as “Israelis of no religion” because they do not satisfy the demands of an overbearing rabbinic establishment.

Nov. 16 2020 12:01AM

Unlike earlier waves of immigrants, the million East Europeans who made their way to the Jewish state in the 1990s managed to escape the cultural strip-mining that awaited them.

Nov. 9 2020 12:01AM

Three decades ago, a million emigres from Eastern Europe arrived in Israel, increasing its population by 20 percent almost overnight and changing its culture forever. What’s their story?

Nov. 2 2020 12:17AM

A fictional peddler reflects on the imponderability of anti-Semitism.

Sholem Aleichem
Sept. 21 2020 12:01AM

The Gunzburgs.

Josh Meyers
May 19 2020 12:01AM