People of the Book World￼
"The Jewish market has become quite a good one,” a Knopf editor observed; even the “goy polloi” were buying, wrote another staffer.
Radically Enlightened Jews￼
Jonathan Israel is a minyan of modern revolutionaries.
The Blessings of Manasia￼
His father recited Modeh Ani every morning and ordered a set of tefillin from Mumbai. Unaware that they were meant to be worn and not merely kept, he put them away on a shelf.
The Most Important Word in the World
For a moment, a literary giant and talmudic genius sparred over the implications of a biblical phrase.
The Protocols of Neoliberalism￼
Baram’s characters are righteously indignant at the system and determined to bring it down.
The Wry Comedy of A. B. Yehoshua￼
Remembering the ebullient spirit and radical fiction of A. B. Yehoshua.
Think Over My Lesson and Try to Destroy It￼
When Levinas met a vagabond called Chouchani, he told a friend, “I cannot tell what he knows, all I can say is that all that I know, he knows.” Now that we have dozens of Chouchani’s notebooks, can we finally know what he knew?
Walking with Walter Benjamin￼
On losing one’s self in Walter Benjamin’s final wanderings.
“The One You Love”? A Case of Divine Disappointment￼
Which son did Abraham favor? Reading "the binding of Isaac" with fresh eyes.
EUGENE NADELMAN: A Tale of the 1980s in Verse
"Our tale's debut / Takes place in 1982 / When I, for one, if not exactly / A double of our leading guy / Was like him, bookish, awkward, shy." - Coming of age in iambic tetrameter.