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From the May 2014 issue

On April 19, 1865, Lewis Naphtali Dembitz—prominent lawyer, Jewish communal leader, and longtime activist in the Republican Party—ascended the pulpit of Beth Israel Synagogue on...

The New Reform Judaism: Challenges and ReflectionsBy Dana Evan KaplanThe Jewish Publication Society, 384 pages Buried within last fall’s “Portrait of Jewish Americans”—the Pew survey that...

CasebookBy Mona SimpsonKnopf, 336 pages Novelist Mona Simpson has spent most of her career puzzling out the complicated relationships between distant, baffling adults and their alienated...

The Triple PackageBy Amy Chua and Jed RubenfeldPenguin, 304 pages Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld’s hot potato of a new book, The Triple Package, sets out...

We are entering an era where American dominance on the seas, in the skies, and in space can no longer be taken for granted. —Defense Secretary...

To the Editor: On reading the title of Arthur C. Brooks’s piece, “Be Open-Handed Toward Your Brothers” [February], I thought it was wonderful that a conservative...

The Jews are a base, whoring people, that is, no people of God, and their boast of lineage, circumcision, and law must be accounted as...

Global Anti-Semitism: A Crisis of Modernity, Volumes I-VEdited by Charles Asher SmallThe Institute for the Study of Global Anti-Semitism and Policy In 2010, Yale University’s Initiative...

I. From Bush to Obama In the last days of George W. Bush’s presidency, the Economist delivered a damning assessment: “Abroad, George Bush has presided over...

“Schlubs  and  losers,” Laurie Cohen’s friend Maddy Levine said, “that’s what you’ll find on JDate, schlubs and losers. Believe me, I’ve been there, I know.”...

Maimonides: Life and ThoughtBy Moshe HalbertalPrinceton University Press, 600 pages Over the past decade, more than eight centuries after the death of Maimonides, popular biographies and...

All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern ParenthoodBy Jennifer SeniorEcco, 320 pages I am not a great believer in our style of parenting,” Jerry...

Bernard Berenson: A Life in the Picture TradeBy Rachel CohenYale University Press, 328 pages Among the rich and powerful, it is common knowledge that if you...

On February 24, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel walked into the Pentagon briefing room to deliver a speech unveiling the defense budget of the United...

Sexplosion: From Andy Warhol to ‘A Clockwork Orange’—How a Generation of Pop Rebels Broke All the TaboosBy Robert HoflerHarperCollins, 387 pages On October 5, 1969, news...

In July 2009, a group of 22 distinguished Central and Eastern European intellectuals and former government officials published an open letter to the recently inaugurated...

Obama apologists in the Jewish community who have spent five years offering sophistic reassurances to supporters of Israel in the United States about this administration’s...

It was, in its way, a journalistic milestone: On March 22 of this year, the New York Times admitted that twice a week, on Sundays...

The Price of Silence: The Duke Lacrosse Scandal, the Power of the Elite, and the Corruption of Our Great UniversitiesBy William D. CohanScribner’s, 653 pages On...

  A woman wakes up to find her husband isn’t next to her in bed. She wanders into the baby’s room and there he is, looking...

To the Editor: Hillel Fradkin and Lewis Libby’s recent essay “Why Sunnis Fear Shiites” [December 2013] is one of the best essays on this great schism in...

Russia’s bald Annexation of Crimea has caused a great many American writers and thinkers to reconsider previous assumptions. A typical response came from the New...

The American film industry released hundreds of war-themed pictures between 1941 and 1945. A few, like Air Force (1943) and Objective: Burma! (1945), were passably...
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May 2014