Jewish Ideas Daily has been succeeded and re-launched as Mosaic. Read more...

American Civil War

The Jewish Civil War The Jewish Civil War
Thursday, April 4, 2013 by Diane Cole | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

One of the tragedies of the American Civil War was that it pitted friends and family members against one another.  American Jews were not immune from the internecine bitterness.  A new exhibition tells their story.
Spielberg’s <i>Lincoln</i> and the Jews: An Untold Story Spielberg’s Lincoln and the Jews: An Untold Story
Monday, January 14, 2013 by Lance J. Sussman | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Lincoln represents a missed opportunity to show that Jews didn’t just turn up in America in the wake of Russian pogroms. 
Lincoln’s “Limp” Lincoln’s “Limp”
Friday, November 30, 2012 by Judy Sokolow | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Abraham Lincoln was a transcendently great American president.  Yet Steven Spielberg’s recently released film Lincoln depicts him as a practitioner of political chicanery and manipulation.  Must an individual be calculating and deceitful in order to be a great leader?
Promises, Promises Promises, Promises
Thursday, October 25, 2012 by Lawrence Grossman | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

City of Promises, a new three-volume history of Jewish New York, is remarkable for the complex metamorphoses it explains—and for the 21st century transformation it doesn't mention.
Editors' Picks
Taking the Jewish Vote for Granted Jonathan Sarna, Tablet. After General Grant expelled Jews from the territory under his command during the American Civil War, Jews were expected to unite against his presidential candidacy in 1868.  But did they?