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Schrodinger’s Hametz

Leah Cypess imagines the what-ifs of Pesach cleaning.

From Forbidden Fruit to Milk and Honey

Yael Unterman reviews Diana Lipton’s From Forbidden Fruit to Milk and Honey.
Pharisees

A Game by Any Other Name

Todd Berman warns of antisemitism in strange places.
Rak Shnenu

Unhappy Families: Elhanan Nir’s Rak Shnenu

The Agnon scholar, Jeffrey Saks, sees some Agnonian work in modern Israeli literature.
Nicole Krauss

A Return to Jewish Roots in Nicole Krauss’ Forest Dark

The question of whether or not your writing is Jewish is not up to you, because writing ultimately belongs to the reader. Krauss’ avatar answers Ozick perfectly: “Jewish literature would have to wait, as all Jewish things wait for a perfection that in our hearts we don’t really want to come.” In the end, perhaps all we can do is kvetch and vacillate between different answers to the question of what is Jewish literature—because, of course, the answer was never the point.
Tova Mirvis

Mirvis’s Complaint

Risa Miller The latest addition to the burgeoning subgenre of ‘off-the-derekh’ memoirs is Tova Mirvis’s The Book of Separation. Mirvis’s three published novels, which oftentimes...

What Did the Heavenly Ministers Do?

Zohar Atkins offers poetic reflections on Tisha be-Av on high.

The Not-So-Orthodox Embrace of the New Age Movement

Ben Rothke takes a sober look at a new book that tries to square Orthodox Judaism with New Age Medicine.

The Earth-Shattering Faith of Rav Shagar

Zach Truboff on Rav Shagar, Israeli Post-Modernism and American Modern Orthodox Judaism.

The Simple Judaism of a Rosh Yeshiva-Novelist

In a continuing series on great, modern Israeli thinkers, Joe Wolfson explores the powerful themes in a novel by Rav Haim Sabato.

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