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Ruth R. Wisse

Ruth R. Wisse

Ruth R. Wisse, who taught Yiddish literature and Jewish history at McGill and Harvard Universities and has contributed to this magazine for more than 40 years years, last wrote for us on the Broadway play Indecent.

The first fan letter I ever wrote was to Philip Roth in 1959 after reading Goodbye, Columbus. I was not in the habit of complimenting...

Irving Kristol once called COMMENTARY the most influential magazine in Jewish history. Certainly, no publication had a greater influence on me as I evolved from...

Saul Bellow moved from Chicago to Boston soon after I moved from Montreal to Cambridge in 1993 to teach at Harvard. Our proximity meant that,...

“The Jews are better today because of him.” With this assurance, Joseph Telushkin concludes his new study of Menachem M. Schneerson, the seventh rebbe of...

Cancelled and current passports show that I have been in Israel 40 times since 1992, on visits lasting from several days to several months. In...

Why can’t we set ourselves the goal of eradicating anti-Semitism? All across the civilized world, people track anti-Semitism, expose it, oppose it, decry it. And...

If God rests in the details, Jewish filmmakers tend toward heresy. When I heard that the new Coen brothers movie opened with a short sequence...

The Loon Lake Jewish Center, about two-thirds of the way between Plattsburgh and Saranac Lake, New York, is a log cabin, a former hunting lodge,...

The charge that Israel’s incursion into Gaza led to a “disproportionate” use of force against Palestinians, issued by the likes of former President Jimmy Carter...