Of Were-Owls and Wandering Jews

My fantasy reading this month included Jewish shape-shifters and “Pharisees,” Michael Moorcock and Rudyard Kipling, and a new Israeli novel …

Israelis in America

New books by Maya Arad and Galit Dahan Carlibach portray Israelis making their way as best they can in America …

My Funny Levantines

Two new novels offer angles of vision into Jewish experience in the (pre- or non-Israeli) parts of the modern Middle …

Literary Currency

Simplicity, in poetry, is complicated. How do we translate the poet Rahel for English language readers? Read the full essay …

Famous Amos

Judas, the latest novel by Amos Oz, is ostensibly an allegory about both the state of Israel and the betrayal …

Jonathan Levi’s Septimania

He is heir to the Islamic Caliphate, the Holy Roman Empire, and the Jewish kingdom of Septimania–but does he get …

Brave New Golems

As pop culture monsters, golems may not have the cachet of zombies or vampires but they haunt us nevertheless, as shown …

Shmatte Business

Why are Jewish children’s books so bad? Anyone seeking a perfect metaphor for the limitations of Jewish children’s literature will find …

The Inklings

  Had you the good fortune of being present at a gathering of the Inklings, you might have witnessed J. …

A Cipher and His Songs

If you are a lover of Israeli music then you certainly know Avraham Halfi (1906–1980), though perhaps not by name. …