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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.

Dear B., This is about as far away from you as I will ever be. I’m at the cottage on the lake, deserted now at the...

The near-hegemony of liberal attitudes in the North American media ensures that in any election, only one outcome will ever be hailed with enthusiasm. But...

With one exception, all Jewish holidays relate to the land of Israel, to ancient festivals, Temple rites, and local victories. That exception is Purim, the...

Advertisements for Himself Chutzpah. by Alan M. Dershowitz. Little, Brown. 378 pp. $22.95. Alan Dershowitz has raised, or lowered, the practice of law to a Hollywood art. A very...

This happened exactly twenty years ago, during Passover 1925. I had just come to Warsaw for the first time in my life . . ....

As the 20th century nears its end, the realization dawns that anti-Semitism has proven to be its most durable and successful ideology. The disintegration of...

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With conquering limbs astride from land to     land; Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall     stand A mighty woman with a torch,...

The miracle of Passover was renewed for our family when my parents decided to make their own seder in 1941. This was six months, almost...

On October 22, delayed by an unseasonal snowstorm in Montreal, I arrived in Berkeley, California, for a three-day conference on “The Writer in the Jewish...

When the women’s movement began to show some muscle in the late 60’s and early 70’s, I decided it was a passing fad, like the...

I deeply sympathize with you and with the numerous other Jewish dissenters who have raised their voice with courage and dedication to save the adherents...

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...