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From the February 2015 issue

In writing about a biblical movie, one should begin by acknowledging the difficulty of the moviemaker’s task. Let us assume that the makers of the...

To the Editor: It is delusional to think that Sweden’s misguided tolerance, as detailed by Annika Hernroth-Rothstein, will have no impact on its society [“A Local...

Unchosen: The Memoirs of a Philosemite By Julie Burchill Unbound, 192 pages Julie Burchill loves the Jews, and she wants everyone to know it. The English...

I had not heard of Charlie Hebdo, the French version of Mad, until the morning of January 7, when three Islamic terrorists stormed the offices...

I was a solitary child. I did a lot of reading. The books that kindled my ambition to be a writer were by W. Somerset...

Founders’ Son: A Life of Abraham LincolnBy Richard BrookhiserBasic Books, 376 pages What can be written about Abraham Lincoln that has not already been written? For...

Every year, in midwinter, synagogue bulletins and Jewish Community Center emails are filled with announcements of organic Sabbath lunches, environmental lectures, and recycling drives. The...

“The little lady from Krakow,” as Life magazine described Helena Rubinstein in 1941, lived large. No shrinking violet, the “world’s greatest beauty specialist” swathed herself...

January’s murderous attacks in Paris on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and the kosher supermarket Hyper Cacher evoked not only fear, indignation, and defiance from...

This past July, two young Americans, Max Steinberg of California and Sean Carmeli of Texas, were killed while fighting Hamas. They were serving in the...

“Mrs. Grundy” was the term first applied more than two centuries ago to a certain type of social and cultural enforcer, the sort who took...

I. The jihadist siege of a kosher grocery store in eastern Paris on January 9 was not the beginning of a new threat to French Jews...

Fracking gasholes We know you know For a million reasons We must say no no no No no no no no. —‘Fracking Gasholes’ by XOEarth Williamsport is a town of 29,000...

Every day for 10 years, Epstein spent an hour on Dr. Goldbaum’s couch in deep Freudian analysis. Finally, it was decided that Epstein had had...

The computer screens at Sony Pictures Corporation went dark and then flickered back to life with a ghoulish image and threatening message on November 24,...

In This Arab Time: The Pursuit of DeliveranceBy Fouad AjamiHoover Institution Press, 248 pages Last Fall, while I was on a reporting trip in southern Spain,...

Two thousand fourteen was an explosive and regrettable year for the politics of race in America. The fatal police shooting of black Missouri teenager Michael...

Labor’s Love Lost: The Rise and Fall of the Working-Class Family in AmericaBy Andrew J. CherlinRussell Sage Foundation, 258 pages What happened to the working-class sitcoms?...

There is hardly anyone under the age of 60 aware of how phenomenally successful Bob Hope once was. His heyday may have been long-lasting—he hosted...

To the Editor: The excellent article by Robert Slayton, “‘Children in Europe are Europe’s problem!’” [October 2014] clearly documents the role of anti-Semitism in destroying the...

To the Editor: In “The Man Who Dared,” [November 2014], Algis Valiunas presents Boris Pasternak as a warrior who opposed the totalitarian regime of the Soviet...

Will Palestinians Be Held Accountable? Forgoing efforts to make peace, the Palestinian Authority appealed to the United Nations Security Council to grant the Palestinians a...
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February 2015