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From the June 2014 issue

Manger Square was bedecked with huge photomontages of classic artworks featuring Christian imagery superimposed with images from the Palestinians’ modern reality. Caravaggio’s “Ecce Homo” merged...

During the annual meeting of the American Bar Association in May 2013, a senior official at the Internal Revenue Service named Lois Lerner divulged information...

Even as the Bible is America’s bestselling book, year in and year out, so is William Shakespeare, 450 years after his birth in Stratford-upon-Avon, this...

Kinder Than SolitudeBy Yiyun LiRandom House, 336 pages Yiyun Li’s second novel begins in a crematorium in Beijing. A wealthy middle-aged man named Boyang has come...

Secretary of State John Kerry spent the spring shuttling between his two major foreign-policy concerns—Russia’s control over Crimea and Israel’s control over the West Bank—entirely...

“I am, upon the whole, a happy man, have found the world an entertaining place and am thankful to Providence for the part allotted to...

The Classical Liberal Constitution: The Uncertain Quest for Limited GovernmentBy Richard A. EpsteinHarvard University Press, 704 pages Most Americans first heard the name of Richard A....

Stranger in My Own Country: A Jewish Family in Modern GermanyBy Yascha MounkFarrar, Straus and Giroux, 272 pages On December 7, 1970, West German chancellor Willy...

Kerry’s Apartheid Slur The odds were always against Secretary of State John Kerry’s effort to revive the Middle East peace process. But he did not take...

How the Bible Became HolyBy Michael L. SatlowYale University Press, 368 pages How did the Bible originate, and how did it acquire the sanctity and authority...

To the Editor: Regarding Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry’s essay on the “Francification of America” [March], Americans are often blithely unaware of how little they know about Europe and...

America’s Great Game: The CIA’s Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle EastBy Hugh WilfordBasic Books, 384 pages Flying to Tehran in 1945 as...

Laura O’Malley is the most surprising congregant in the Tuesday morning minyan at B’nai Shalom—Children of Peace. For one thing, she’s still in college, and...

A glance at this issue’s table of contents features names that are well-known to you: Joseph Epstein, John J. Clayton, and Michael Rubin. Epstein has...

I confess that I enjoyed myself immensely during the recent controversy over Donald Sterling’s racism. Each day brought new pleasures. The story began with the...

The Israeli Solution: A One-State Plan for Peace in the Middle EastBy Caroline B. GlickCrown Forum, 352 pages Devotees of the two-state solution will surely dismiss...

To the Editor: We should always respect and honor the memory of Ariel Sharon, and Elliott Abrams’s memories are poignant and pertinent [“Ariel Sharon: His Eye...

  Goldberg,  who sold Rabbi Plotkin his car but is not part of the synagogue community, comes into the rabbi’s office.  “Mr. Goldberg,” says the rabbi, “you...

“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...

The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan, 2001–2014By Carlotta GallHoughton Mifflin Harcourt, 352 pages Has any foreigner spent as long a time in Afghanistan over the past...

Abraham Joshua Heschel: The Call of TranscendenceBy Shai HeldIndiana University Press, 352 pages Among the rabbinic figures of the 20th century, none looms as large for...

Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the TimeBy Brigid SchulteSarah Crichton Books, 353 pages Brigid Schulte is a journalist at the Washington Post,...

By fire and other means, a festive, expressive destruction of the Book of Books was at the center of Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass—when,...
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June 2014