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Q&A With Leon Wieseltier

Leon Wieseltier answering questions

On Jewish literature, Israel, digitization, freedom of expression and the pleasures of being insulted. Read More »

Editing the Editor

The Isaiah Scroll

The Education of an Interloper by Jack Miles t was as a student at the Hebrew University during the 1966-1967 academic year that I was first introduced to the notion of orthopraxis as distinct from orthodoxy. A chain-smoking lecturer on Talmud, speaking in English to a class of Jews on their junior year abroad, including me as an interloper, explained to ... Read More »

Richard Zimler — Author of The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon

Richard Zimler

How a Gay, Long Island-born mystery writer became Portugal’s Jewish conscience Read More »

A Third-Generation Remembrance of Holocaust’s Horrors

God, Faith and Identity from the Ashes

Today, on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the horrors of the Holocaust loom large in the world’s collective memory. But for those who were personally affected, those horrors have never left. Born in the Displaced Persons camp of Bergen-Belsen, the son of two survivors of Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen, law professor Menachem Rosensaft has devoted his life to ... Read More »

The Last Laugh: “Graphic Details: Jewish Women’s Confessional Comics in Essays and Interviews” Reviewed

Graphic Details edited by Sarah Lightman

by Andrea Greenbaum ranitidine and alcohol zantac and hair loss ranitidine maximum dose In 1996, I spent a year in smoky comedy clubs in Tampa, Florida to document the rhetorical style of standup comedians. I paid close attention to their narratives, their body language, and then, after their sets, interviewed them about their craft—how they integrated writing and speaking in ... Read More »

Why We Write Jewish Historical Fiction

Stack of books

by Nomi Eve and Stephanie Feldman What makes Jewish historical fiction special—as an art form, and as a conversation among Jewish writers and readers? Novelists Nomi Eve (The Family Orchard, Henna House) and Stephanie Feldman (The Angel of Losses) discuss how they came to write about the Jewish past; the importance of women’s stories; and using magical realism to understand ... Read More »

Filled, Broken and Complete: Sacred Vessels at Mayyim Hayyim

This month, the Mayyim Hayyim Living Waters Community Mikveh and Paula Brody & Family Education Center in Newton, MA is showcasing an exhibit of intricate mosaics and sacred vessels infused with meaning. Watch a slideshow of the exhibit “Vessels: Containing Possibilities” and read the stories behind the works, created by artists Steven Branfman and Bette Ann Libby. Text by Donna ... Read More »

A Cappella Graduates with Honors

The Maccabeats

  by Rachel E. Gross t was 2006 when Rabbi Sue Silberberg of the Indiana University Hillel got the call. Our nation had an urgent request: one Jewish a cappella group to perform at the White House’s annual Hanukkah party. Silberberg didn’t have an a cappella group, per se—but she had faith. She set about assembling the singing team that ... Read More »

Hanukkah Lights // Debra Ginsberg

The Only Miracle by Debra Ginsberg Daniel was surprisingly hungry. He’d eaten a decent lunch—a sandwich with pickles and a side of slaw—and planned only a light supper but his stomach was twisting with desire for food at 5 PM and wouldn’t let up. It was the first night of Hanukah and the December sky was ablaze with the gold ... Read More »

Hanukkah Lights // Anne Burt

For The Ghosts by Anne Burt y 13-year-old, as usual, is not eating her bowl of dry Honey Nut Cheerios. Her thumbs trawl across her iPhone even though in less than five minutes she needs to leave for the bus. “Eat,” I say from the counter where I am making the lunch she won’t eat. Josie doesn’t move her gaze ... Read More »