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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 …

Philadelphia Story

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

Memoirs of a Jewish Extremist

For anyone interested in modern Israel, Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a …

Still Finding Vivian Maier

Tonight I saw the Vivian Maier documentary.  The film is fascinating, extremely well made, and decidedly worth seeing, if ultimately …

Culture and the Classroom

Programs of Jewish studies in colleges and universities have added greatly to the possibilities for Jewish self-understanding.  But they offer …

Post-Protestant–Catholic–Jew

Impressionistic, idiosyncratic, Joseph Bottum’s An Anxious Age: The Post-Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of America swoops and veers like the …

Historical Revisionism is Hell

Mary Louise Roberts, a scholar at the University of Wisconsin who has focused on “issues of gender in fin-de-siècle France,” …

A Response to David Myers

Last month, David Myers, professor of Jewish history at UCLA, published an interesting essay in the Los Angeles Jewish Journal …

Generic Israeli Poet

Joanna Chen’s essay on Israeli poet Agi Mishol in the usually excellent Los Angeles Review of Books is an unfortunate snooze.  Chen, …

More Baghdad in Verse

I just read Joseph Braude’s excellent review of Reuven Snir’s enticing anthology of Baghdad poems, which I reviewed last month. …

A Memory of Marcel Dubois

The Tikvah Fund website republishes Jonathan Yudelman’s essay from the February issue of First Things about Marcel Dubois, the French-born …