Killers Of Jews Or Saviors of Jews?

New study by YU history professor sheds fresh light on Poland’s wartime anti-Nazi Resistance movement.

Staff Writer

A third-generation American Jew who grew up in California, Joshua Zimmerman was raised with an atypical perspective about Poland. Most Jews in this country whose parents or grandparents immigrated from Poland as survivors or refugees of the Holocaust heard mostly horror stories about anti-Semitic Poles.

YU professor Joshua Zimmerman’s book on Poland’s underground fighters during World War II. Steve Lipman/JW

NY Artist Archie Rand Takes On Torah’s 613 Commandments


A new book by a trailblazing artist raises an old question: Is there such a thing as truly Jewish art? And its corollary: If so, would anyone buy it?

Archie Rand, an artist who has a book coming out with a painting for each of the 613 Jewish commandments. JTA

‘Train’ Follows Its Own Track

Teens take center stage in this riveting Holocaust novel by Danny M. Cohen.


Courtesy of Danny M. Cohen

The Age Of Aging Wisely


In a season in which 73-year-old Erica Jong has published “Fear of Dying,” 89-year-old Dick Van Dyke is launching “Keep Moving: And Other Tips and Truths About Aging,” and 76-year-old Lily Tomlin is starring in the film “Grandma,” the topic of aging is newly visible.

Rabbi Rachel Cowan is co-author of a book that tells how to age gracefully and thoughtfully.

First Ex-Chasidic Gay Memoir Defies Niche

Publishers didn't know what shelf to put it on: Jewish or gay?

Staff Writer

The latest ex-chasidic memoir adds a rainbow twist to an emerging literary genre.

Leah Lax’s "Uncovered: How I Left Hasidic Life and Finally Came Home." Courtesy of She Writes Press

Alexandria Lost, And Found

Nearly 40 years after Yitzhak Gormezano Goren’s novel ‘Alexandrian Summer’ was published in Israel, its English edition arrives.

Culture Editor

When the Egyptian-born writer Yitzhak Gormezano Goren began thinking of writing a novel in Israel in the 1970s, he considered subjects like Jerusalem, the kibbutz, the Holocaust and Tel Aviv, the kinds of themes Israeli writers dealt with. But he wasn’t that drawn to Jerusalem, hadn’t spent time on a kibbutz, didn’t have experience of the Holocaust, and while he loved Tel Aviv, he didn’t feel it was his subject, that it would have soul. While studying in New York City in 1975 and at a distance from the Middle East, he realized his story was the Alexandria of his youth, a world that was no more. 

Yitzhak Gormezano Goren’s novel 'Alexandrian Summer.'

Chapters Of Introspection

New books that capture the spirit of the holidays.

Culture Editor

These are books unlikely to be on the same shelf, let alone the same bookcase, or in the same home. Some are titles that invoke the spirit of the holidays, whether playfully or subtly or seriously; some are appropriate for these days of introspection in suggesting new ways of seeing. 

Books from left to right; 'Days of Awe', 'Made In Detroit', 'The Point of Vanishing'

Across The Great Divide

Ruth Dayan, Raymonda Tawil and a hard-won friendship amid the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Culture Editor

The former wife of Israel’s most famous general, and a Palestinian journalist and activist have been talking, meeting, trying to understand each other, fighting, reconciling and laughing together since a chance meeting soon after the Six-Day War.

“A moral meeting point”.Ethel Dizon

Nazi-Jewish Affair Roils Romance Lit World


German thinker Theodor Adorno famously stated that it’s barbaric to write poetry after Auschwitz — but he said nothing about romance novels.

The cover of Kate Breslin’s award-nominated novel “For Such a Time.”

Breaking The Color Barrier

New film tells story of Jewish philanthropist who transformed black lives.


Philadelphia — Alex Bethea, the son of cotton and tobacco farm workers, was in sixth grade in 1965 when his family moved from Dillon, S.C., to the tiny town of Fairmont, N.C., where he attended a school called Rosenwald.

Julius Rosenwald with students from a Rosenwald School.   Courtesy of Fisk University, John Hope and Aurelia E. Franklin Library
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