Table of Contents
Number 10, Summer 2012
Cosmologist Lawrence Krauss is quite sure he knows how the universe began. Novelist Alan Lightman takes a wild narrative guess. But where does the Kabbalah stand?
Leora Batnitzky's new book charts the development of modern Jewish thought.
Alain de Botton's atheism doesn't prevent him from seeing the value and beauty of religious life.
As the tapestry of Hillel Halkin's first novel unfurls, we see how perfectly each part fits into the larger pattern.
For an American Jew to read the magnificently funny and serious Howard Jacobson is to understand just how different the situation of English Jews is from their own.
Sayed Kashua's new novel presents a characteristic depiction of the dual identities of Israel's Arabs.
Nelly Sachs was 50 years old when she fled the Nazis with her mother in 1940. Few would have perdicted that she would receive the Nobel Prize for Literature twenty-six years later.
Jorge Luis Borges, the Argentinian Nobel Prize-winning writer was captivated by Judaism. In 1934, he lamented, "hope is dimming that I will ever be able to discover my link to the Table of the Breads and the Sea of Bronze; to Heine, Gleizer, and the ten Sephiroth; to Ecclesiastes and Chaplin."
Its many flaws notwithstanding, Theodor Herzl's Altneuland (Old-New Land) remains an ever timely and important text. It addresses several issues that are today at the core of Israel's politics and public discourse: the question of equal citizenship, the social and economic structure of the country, and the relations between state and religion.
Some of Henri Matisse's earliest and most committed supporters (and buyers) were Jewish. That might explain why Histoires Juives, a book of Yiddish jokes in French translation, and other Jewish items can be found in his paintings.
Rabbi Yechiel Yaakov Weinberg (1884-1966), one of the towering figures of the rabbinical establishment, was an avid reader of the Nietzschean heretic Micha Josef Berdyczewski (1865-1921). He thought there were deep lessons about faith in the writings of the modern Hebrew writer.