leon wieseltier

‘American Jewish Journalism Is Essential’

12/22/2015 - 14:16
Editor and Publisher

Leon Wieseltier is one of the leading public intellectuals in America. Author of the acclaimed “Kaddish,” he was literary editor of The New Republic for more than three decades and currently is Isaiah Berlin Senior Fellow in Culture and Policy at Brookings Institution and contributing editor and critic at The Atlantic. He is also co-chair of the Global Forum of the National Library in Jerusalem. 

Leon Wieseltier, (right) with Gary Rosenblatt

Lincoln Championed Jews As Well As Blacks

03/25/2015 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

The first instance of affirmative action in American Jewish history occurred when Abe Lincoln selected a New York Jew named Chemie Levy to a military position because, the president wrote, “we have not yet appointed a Hebrew.”

Jonathan Sarna Tim Boxer/JW

Wieseltier, Foer Leave The New Republic

12/03/2014 - 19:00

Franklin Foer, the editor in chief of The New Republic, and Leon Wieseltier, the magazine’s longtime literary editor, have resigned over disagreements with the publisher and new CEO.

No More Questions: Leon Wieseltier and the New American Haggadah

If Leon Wieseltier would for once drop his surly, admonitory tone perhaps more people would listen.  For what he delivers in his scathing review of the New American Haggadah is certainly worth reading.  There are precious few people who are as learned in both Hebrew and English literature as he.  And that’s why, even if you disagree with his reading of the new Haggadah, you will undoubte

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