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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.

“Hitler is dead.” In April 1945, a headline containing those three words might have heralded the collapse of Nazi Germany and the beginning of the...

Every so often my mother used to tell me the story of my birth as it occurred in the Romanian city of Czernowitz in 1936....

Commies: A Journey Through the Old Left, the New Left, and the Leftover Left by Ronald Radosh Encounter. 216 pp. $24.95 In the early 1970’s, when support groups...

His Brother’s Keeper: Israel and Diaspora Jewry in the Twenty-first Century by Yossi Beilin Schocken. 272 pp. $24.00 Yossi Beilin, currently Israel’s Minister of Justice, is best known...

A Passion for Truth: The Selected Writings of Eric Breindel edited by John Podhoretz HarperCollins. 230 pp. $25.00 When Eric Breindel died suddenly in March 1998 at the...

Kaaterskill Falls by Allegra Goodman Dial. 324 pp. $23.95 I never thought I would live to see a Jewish novel of manners. By the time modern Jews began...

Drawing Life: Surviving the Unabomber by David Gelernter Free Press. 159 pp. $21.00 In June 1993, David Gelernter, a professor of computer science at Yale, received a unique...

On July 5 of this year, the foremost Yiddish scholar of the postwar generation, an Israeli citizen, died in Warsaw, Poland, and was buried in...

Sex, Love & Death Sabbath’s Theater by Philip Roth Houghton Mifflin. 451 pp. $24.95 Isn’t it tiresome in 1994, this role of rebel-hero? What an odd time to be...

I met Leonard Cohen in 1954 when I was a student in “Great Writings of European literature,” the only undergraduate course at McGill University that...

On the morning of June 22, 1940 my mother, my elder brother, and I fled the Romanian city of Czernowitz to join my father in...

The Art of the Possible On Modern Jewish Politics. by Ezra Mendelsohn. Oxford. 184 pp. $39.95; $14.95 (paper). Ezra Mendelsohn, who teaches at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, approaches...