Author Archive

Milton Himmelfarb

Milton Himmelfarb

What Do American Jews Believe? A Symposium Introduction Whatever else American Jews may believe in, it is doubtful the majority of them believe in Judaism. That at...

I They have learned nothing and forgotten nothing. —Talleyrand Talleyrand meant the Bourbon loyalists, a byword ever since for diehard conservativism. A diehard is “a person who obstinately...

Never, perhaps, has criticism of the state of Israel by American Jews been so open, so widespread, and so bitter as it is today. Some of...

. . . seeing a man standing opposite him with drawn sword in hand, Joshua went up to him and asked him, “Are you friend...

I For some years after the Bolshevik Revolution, young people in the Soviet Union could leave school thinking that Peter the Great was the name given...

Everyone says that it remains to be seen whether the 1980 election was a watershed in American politics. It also remains to be seen whether...

The punch line of the old Soviet joke goes, “If everything is so good why is everything so bad?” About pluralism we may ask, If...

By now the Democratic party will have nominated Jimmy Carter and everyone will have forgotten how remarkable it is that he should have won at...

Today we know we must not interfere with consenting adults. We have pretty well established the principle of G. B. Shaw's actress friend: do whatever...

In two months three substantial articles bearing directly or indirectly on the New Ethnicity have appeared in COMMENTARY: Nathan Glazer's “Ethnicity and the Schools” (September),...

Leo Strauss died in October 1973, at the age of seventy-four. His name is known chiefly to two groups of scholars whose interests do not...

A few Summers ago a Jewish scholar was in Germany, doing research in the family papers of a former colonel in the Wehrmacht. When he...