The “Genesis” of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Eileen Watts examines the similarities between Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Rav Soloveitchik's Lonely Man of Faith.

Rav Kook’s Space Odyssey

Bezalel Naor offers a stirring, other-worldly rendition of Rav Kook's poem "The Conversation of the Angels"

We Are All Ozickians Now

Ari Hoffman on the most important living Jewish writer.

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.

Goodbye, Philip: A Hesped

Dr. Ari Hoffman eulogizes Philip Roth.
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.

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

The Christian Monks Who Saved Jewish History

Malka Simkovich hunts for Jewish texts in some unlikely places.

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