Literature & Reviews

Making Tourism Kosher

A review of Shaul Kelner's 2011 book Tours that Bind: Diaspora, Pilgrimage, and Israeli Birthright Tourism.

By Caryn Aviv

Jung Breaks Bad

Dangerous_Method_Poster.jpg David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method is less than daring.

By Sephora Markson Hartz

After Weegee

Daniel Morris's new book claims there is something unique about Jewish American photography. But reviewer David Shneer has some questions.

By David Shneer

Journey to the Land of the Living

Maya Zack's Living Room, an exhibit at the Jewish Museum (NYC), conceives of the extraordinary in ordinary terms.

By Sephora Markson Hartz

Open, Closed, Open

Open-Closed-Open.jpgA modern Israeli poet ruminates on the complexities of life, loss, and belief.

Poems by Yehuda Amichai
Translated by Chana Bloch and Chana Kronfeld

Abishag: From Biblical Obscurity
to Literary Fame
The secular use of literary stories.

By Mika Ahuvia

The Mystic and the Modern

A review of Rodger Kamenetz's Burnt Books.

By Sephora Markson Hartz


How did Shimon Ansky become one of the darlings of American Jewish intellectuals?

By Brian Horowitz

Conversations with A.B. Yehoshua
Leading Israeli novelist Yehoshua discusses Jewish culture and identity, and the importance of Jewish texts.

By Bernard Horn

Shira Gorshman: A Life in Three Acts

Meet an author who wrote during some of the flashpoints of Jewish history.

By Faith Jones

Poetry, Chutzpah, and American Freedom
The complex history behind the words that "have always exemplified the American dream."

By Alicia Ostriker


Three plays by three icons of Jewish comedy.
By Sephora Markson Hartz

Towering Memory



An artist's personal reflections on September 11.
By Sephora Markson Hartz

Radical Poetics and Secular Jewish Culture


"What are the innovations and inventions of American Jewish poets over the past century?" This is just one of the questions six writers and scholars pondered as part of "Secular Jewish Culture/Radical Poetic Practice."
By Daniel Morris

Guide to the Land of Oz
An interview with Amos Oz's translator,
Nicholas de Lange.
By Benjamin Pollak

The Anthological Imagination
and the Posen Method
Our mission was to apply the method to an era seemingly bracketed by catastrophe: 1939-1973.
By David Roskies

Sexuality, Jewish Secularization, and Modern Jewish Literature


First, Jewish secularization was about education. Then it became about gender.
By Naomi Seidman

Holy Yiddishkeit, Batman!
Yiddishist Jeffrey Shandler has a quick but thorough lesson for novelist Michael Chabon.
By Jeffrey Shandler

The Colombian Inquisition
A skeptic's lesson on the virtues of secularism.
By Ilan Stavans

An American Humorist Reads Notes From
an Israeli's Twisted Imagination



Gary Shteyngart narrates Etgar Keret's "What, of This Goldfish, Would You Wish?"

Our First, and Only, Book Trailer Review
with Sephora Markson Hartz and Jesse Tisch
Is the book trailer for Ben Marcus's new novel innovative? Or just plain weird?

Jews and the Making of Modern History

SovietJewishEyes.gif A review of David Shneer's Through Soviet Jewish Eyes: Photography, War, and the Holocaust.

By Sephora Markson Hartz

Jewish-American Splendor

Harvey Pekar's final grumble.

By Sephora Markson Hartz

Resurrecting and Embracing Hebrew

An exclusive preview of Ilan Stavans' forthcoming book Resurrecting Hebrew.
By Ilan Stavans

Losing Their Religion


A Review of David Biale's Not in the Heavens: The Tradition of Jewish Secular Thought.

By Jesse Tisch


Jewish life and the end of the Diaspora.

By Jesse Tisch


Sarna's Haiku for Young Jews
A review of Jonathan Sarna's
A Time to Every Purpose.

By Jesse Tisch

Singer Gets a Life
The author of Born to Kvetch asks how Issac Bashevis Singer came to dominate the American Jewish literary scene.

By Michael Wex

Introducing The Posen Library


...encompassing, "An inclusive and pluralistic definiton of Jewish culture and civilization in all of its rich diversity."        

By James Young

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