On the Bookshelf

Yiddish is far from dead. It’s undead, and it haunts everything from Harvey Pekar’s comics to the vampire literature of the early 20th century.

The Librettist’s Granddaughter

Celebrating the man who made Tevye sing

Sundown: Breaking! Ashkenazim Are Smart

Plus, Adelsons offer new Birthright gift, King kills Blitzer, and more

The Socialist

Friends and Politics, Part 2: Irving Howe. The prominent critic and I worked on Yiddish translations together, but a dispute over Israel and its Arab neighbors ruptured our relationship—until we reconnected over literature.

Tumultuous Time

A panoramic history of Russian and Polish Jewry focuses on the key period between 1881 and 1914

Second Fiddle

Sholem Aleichem’s newly-translated novel fails to rise to the heights reached by his stories

Books That Have Read Me

The works that shaped my imagination

Tevye on the West End

Henry Goodman explores the inner workings of a milkman-patriarch

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