Bernard Malamud’s “The German Refugee”: A Parable for Tishah Be-Av

Eileen Watts explores how Bernard Malamud's "The German Refugee" amplifies the themes of Tisha B'Av.

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and the Ancient Marine Rhyme: A Study...

Yaakov Jaffe analyzes and compares the "Song of the Sea" and the "Rime of the Ancient Mariner”

Shylock: An Unlikely Jew Named Jacob

Victor M. Erlich offers insight into an infamous Shakespearean character.
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.

Forging a Judicious Spectator: The Legacy and Influence of Herman Wouk

Jeffrey Kobrin comments on the work and influence of Herman Wouk.

There Are Jews Everywhere: Divine Revelation through the Other in Malamud’s “Angel Levine”

Eileen Watts puts the writings of Bernard Malamud in conversation with today's immigrant debate.

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.

Chabon, Safran Foer, and the Great Jewish American Novel

Ari Hoffman explores the expansive visions of Jewish peoplehood embedded in two major, recently published novels

EDITOR PICKS