The Jewish Review of Books mourns the passing of Harvey Pekar whose comics—with Tara Seibel’s gorgeous illustration—graced our first two issues.
Harvey was just in the office last week to pick up the new issue, and seemed in good contrarian form, wryly outraged by half a dozen news items. His last comic for us, “Gut Shabbes,” was a characteristically self-deprecating little story of the tension between secular and religious Jews. In its last panel, Harvey stares out at the reader in a mock Jack Benny pose (he was sure that we’d get the allusion). Click here to see Harvey’s “Crumb’s Genesis: A Graphic Review” from Spring 2010.
Personal reflections on the legacy of a sui generis Jewish American sociographer and essayist.
When Menachem Begin led the Likud to victory in 1977, Yitzhak Ben-Aharon spoke for many in the Israeli political establishment when he said that “if this is the will of the people, we have to replace the people.” Begin’s image has evolved, but he remains a contested figure.
The first Zionist ship was a refurbished English vessel with 20 years of rough service behind her, including the wartime evacuation of Singapore in 1941.
Many have marveled at the wisdom of the biblical books attributed to King Solomon. Here, in a new translation by Robert Alter, is Proverbs' account of the birth of Wisdom herself, from The Wisdom Books: Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes: A Translation with Commentary, now out with Norton.