Jewish Journal

The making of a real spy

By Jonathan Kirsch

May 14, 2014 | 11:23 am

Our idea of what spies actually do is deeply tainted by a century or so of novels and movies, some better than others but all of them fictional. “The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert... read full article

  • Deborah Feldman’s Hasidic ‘Exodus’

    by Elaine Margolin

    May 8, 2014 | 12:23 pm

    I’m still so worried about Deborah Feldman, the young woman who fled the Satmar Hasidic community in Brooklyn with her small son in tow, and a flood of childhood memories, both horrifying and wonderful.  She chronicled her turbulent early life in her first book, a surprise...

  • ‘Hidden,’ a child’s view of the Holocaust in graphic form

    by Lisa Silverman

    April 25, 2014 | 3:00 pm

    There are hundreds of Holocaust-themed books for children and teenagers that are written in English. Often these books are translated into various languages, but there are fewer Holocaust books originally published in German, French, Italian, or Dutch, and much less found in other...

  • W.G. Sebald: Regrets of a Nazi’s son

    by Elaine Margolin

    April 23, 2014 | 9:40 am

    W.G. Sebald pierces your psyche with brutal force that is couched in clouds of understated elegance and restraint.  His utterly original and devastating narrative voice is a churning cauldron of fact and fiction and semi-autobiographical confession.  Sebald sprinkles his narratives...

  • Secret Schalit negotiations unveiled

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    April 16, 2014 | 1:10 pm

    Back in 2006, a 19-year-old Israeli soldier named Gilad Schalit was the victim of a weapon of disequilibrium.

    Since Hamas could not defeat the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in open battle, their operatives entered Israel through an underground tunnel from Gaza, snatched the young...

  • From dark deprecation to ‘Suddenly, Love’

    by Erika Dreifus

    April 9, 2014 | 11:44 am

    Back in 1988, no less august an observer than Philip Roth described the authorial voice of esteemed Israeli writer Aharon Appelfeld as one “that originates in a wounded consciousness pitched somewhere between amnesia and memory, and that situates the fiction it narrates midway...

  • Holiday tales will tantalize tots and parents

    by Lisa Silverman

    April 2, 2014 | 3:24 pm

    The best of this season’s new Passover books include an old European folktale reimagined, an enthusiastic nod to experiential Judaism with the “Adventure Rabbi,” a beautifully illustrated retelling of the story of Moses, and a cute affirmation of what it means to be the youngest in...

  • Delving into the mystery of mortality

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    April 2, 2014 | 2:11 pm

    Sara Davidson is a best-selling memoirist (“Joan: Forty Years of Life, Loss and Friendship with Joan Didion”), a biographer (“Rock Hudson: His Story”), and an astute observer of our culture (“Loose Change: Three Women of the Sixties”). In her compelling new book, “The December...

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