Ruth: From Alienation to Monarchy by Yael Ziegler

Ruth: From Alienation to Monarchy by Yael Ziegler

In Ziegler’s presentation, the book of Ruth is a contrast and corrective to the book of Judges. The opening verse sets the events of Ruth in the era of the Judges (Ziegler barely addresses when the book was composed, noting that scholarly opinion is divided while referring interested readers to the relevant studies), and indeed, the book of Ruth is placed immediately after Judges in the Christian canon. Whereas Judges…

Rethinking Jabotinsky: A Talk with Hillel Halkin (video)

On June 2, 2014, the Jewish Review of Books and Yale University Press hosted an evening for our editorial board member Hillel Halkin’s brilliant new biography of Vladimir Jabotinsky at YIVO. In addition to Halkin, the panelists were JRB editor Abraham Socher, Columbia professor Rachel Kobrin and The New York Times cultural critic-at-large Edward Rothstein.

JRB Israel, in celebration of Israel’s 66th birthday

Here at the Jewish Review of Books our job is to read books, not make them, but we’ve been looking back at the last 18 issues and looking forward to celebrating Yom Ha’atzmaut, and we find, to our delight, that we have a book.And so we introduce, our first e-book: JRB Israel, in celebration of Israel’s 66th birthday, available for FREE for JRB subscribers. In collecting 13 of the best essays we’ve published on Israeli politics, religion, literature,…

John Judis’ review of Genesis: Truman, American Jews, and the Origins of the Arab/Israeli Conflict

John Judis’ Genesis: Truman, American Jews, and the Origins of the Arab/Israeli Conflict has recently raised a controversy, or at least a kerfuffle (he was invited, disinvited, then re-invited to speak at the Museum of Jewish Heritage). In Genesis, Judis describes Ronald and Allis Radosh’s book as “the most complete blow-by-blow account of what happened” in the Truman administration in 1947-1948. So we asked Ronald Radosh to review Judis’s book.