Sholem Aleichem Arrives in New York!

Happy 156th Birthday!—the perfect time to look back on the Tevye Stories’ author’s first trip to the Big Apple

The Jewish Jane Austen, or England’s Jeremiah?

In the first of a five-part series on growing anti-Semitism in the U.K., Howard Jacobson, the literary voice of British Jewry

Why Mark Rothko Dropped Out of Yale

An excerpt from Annie Cohen-Solal’s new biography of one of the most influential American painters of the 20th century

Chimen Abramsky’s House of Twenty Thousand Books

A new memoir by the grandson of a Russian bibliophile is also a great intellectual history of the 20th century

Sadistic Jewish Hitler Scholar Abuses Girl in Jerusalem

Israeli novelist Gail Hareven dives fearlessly into the the moral quagmires of abuse, vengeance, and the legacy of the Holocaust

An Abridged Biography of Your Great-Grandfather (Probably)

Everything about the immigrant peddler that you never thought to ask

Talmudic Improv: A Visit With Poet David Antin

Riffs from San Diego on extremism, secular Yiddishists, Stalin, transgender etiquette, and ‘talk poems’

The Zionist Dream in the Poconos

An excerpt from the new memoir ‘Why Not Say What Happened’ conjures lost summer worlds

Tony Judt Is Aging Poorly

A new collection of the late historian’s essays says more about his prejudices than about his achievements

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