Alan Mintz, ז”ל

Like so many of his colleagues and students I am still stunned by the sudden passing of Alan Mintz. He was …

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. …

Philadelphia Story

Dan Burt’s memoir of Jewish Philadelphia in the 1940s and 50s is a tale of immigrants, brawlers, cops, and crooks. …

In the Crucifix Kingdom

In a dark Yiddish masterpiece that predated the Holocaust by two decades, the poet Uri Zvi Greenberg envisioned the annihilation …

Jews of Dune

Frank Herbert’s Dune, often named as the greatest science fiction novel ever written, turns 50 this year. Set thousands of …