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From the November 2013 issue

To the Editor: Setting aside the vanity, the most crippling problem with Joseph Epstein’s September piece, “I Dream of Genius,” is that it’s easier to trace...

The Rise of Abraham CahanBy Seth LipskySchocken, 240 pages The lost world of Abraham Cahan was alive with clamorous politics, intellectual combat, and misery leavened by...

Three weeks after Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad killed more than 1,400 of his own people with chemical weapons, the Obama administration announced the framework of...

The Cave and the Light: Plato Versus Aristotle, and the Struggle for the Soul of Western CivilizationBy Arthur HermanRandom House, 704 pages The world is full...

For forty years, Republican operatives have been consistently frustrated in their energetic and well-funded efforts to win the support of Jewish voters for their presidential...

When a media war erupts between tolerant, diverse, future-oriented progressives and reactionary mossbacks clinging mindlessly to tradition and the past, you will find me with...

In the first half of the 20th century, the political and social perspective of the American Jewish community was defined by its collective experience of...

Dissident GardensBy Jonathan LethemDoubleday, 384 pages Dissident Gardens is exhilarating, overwhelming, and a mess. Jonathan Lethem’s ninth novel is a sprawling meander through three generations of...

To the Editor: I think Terry Teachout is a bit off the mark in assigning so much importance to Richard Wagner in inspiring the virulent anti-Semitism...

It was a pretty good night at Gamblers Anonymous. Eddie Rothman had been coming to these meetings, held in the basement of the Methodist Church...

To the Editor: Noah C. Rothman gives President Obama too much credit for standing up to extremists over the Trayvon Martin–George Zimmerman case [“The Media’s Zimmermania,”...

To the Editor: I am a recent college graduate who has conducted research that required approval from an institutional review board (IRB). I also firmly believe...

The Center Holds: Obama and His EnemiesBy Jonathan AlterSimon & Schuster, 448 pages Advertised as “a narrative thriller about the battle royale surrounding Barack Obama’s quest...

In May, President Barack Obama responded to critics of his counterterrorism policies by declaring that he was ready to work with Congress “to refine, and...

When the sages of Oslo recently bestowed the Nobel Peace Prize on the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, they demonstrated yet again how...

Morris Birnbaum has worked behind the counter selling buttons and zippers at Katz Luxury Notions for 27 years. He has never missed a day of...

Enemies Within:Inside the NYPD’s Secret Spying Unit and Bin Laden’s Final Plot Against AmericaBy Matt Apuzzo and Adam GoldmanTouchstone, 336 pages There was a time when...

The history of the Broadway musical in the 20th century is also a not-so-secret history of the parallel project of Jewish assimilation in America. Nearly...
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