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A Voice Saying Something Right A Voice Saying Something Right
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 by David Curzon | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Poet Harvey Shapiro, who passed away this month at age 88, captured in plain words the mystery of everyday life, the trauma of war, and the grandeur of Jewish tradition.
<i>Shabbat Shirah</i>: Song Takes Wing Shabbat Shirah: Song Takes Wing
Monday, January 21, 2013 by Jerry Friedman | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Complementing the Song of the Sea, which will be read this Shabbat in synagogue, the Rabbis suggested a home-based ritual to celebrate Shabbat Shirah: feeding the birds.
The Twenty-Seventh Man The Twenty-Seventh Man
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 by Diana Muir Appelbaum | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

On the night of August 12, 1952, a group of Yiddish writers was executed on Joseph Stalin’s orders for the crime of writing while Jewish.  The executions were the tragic culmination of the grand romance between Jewish intellectuals and Marxism.  
Max Lilienthal’s Aborted Return Max Lilienthal’s Aborted Return
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 by Allan Arkush | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

In Bruce L. Ruben’s new biography Max Lilienthal: The Making of the American Rabbinate, about one of the pioneers of the American Reform movement, I was surprised to learn that Lilienthal almost made a second trip to Tsarist Russia.
The Road Not Taken The Road Not Taken
Friday, August 24, 2012 by Johanna Kaplan | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

In my unusually large, far-flung, contentious, loopy contingent of maternal first cousins, the quandary of aliyah, or not, at one time or another, has possessed—pierced—nearly all of us.  And this is so despite the great divergence in our ages, interests, temperaments . . . 
Old-New Leonard Old-New Leonard
Friday, March 9, 2012 by Peodair Leihy | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

After 60 years of publishing and recording, seventysomething Leonard Cohen has something else to say; and, lo and behold, the "Camp"—the Bergen-Belsen of the remembered newsreels of his childhood—comes up. He also gets the "Eye"—Jerusalem's Eye of the Needle—in there, a Jewish metaphor from the Talmud and the New Testament.
Goodnight, Vienna Goodnight, Vienna
Wednesday, January 4, 2012 by Daniel Johnson | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

The Jews of Vienna did not merely understand the world: they took Marx's point and changed it, too. From Freud's psychoanalysis to Wittgenstein's philosophy, from Mahler's music to Herzl's Zionism, they made a unique contribution to modernity.
2011: A Year in Books 2011: A Year in Books
Monday, January 2, 2012 by D.G. Myers | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

The holidays are over, the coffee-table books have all been unwrapped and set aside, and winter isn't going anywhere for a while. In short, it's time to settle in for some good reading. The literary critic D. G. Myers here presents the 38 best Jewish books of 2011, all of which merit your attention.
West Bank Blues West Bank Blues
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 by Aryeh Tepper | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Few groups are as demonized in public discourse as "the Jewish settlers" of the West Bank. To listen to the pundits, these international outlaws are single-handedly preventing the achievement of a utopian peace in the Middle East.
Retrieving A.M. Klein Retrieving A.M. Klein
Tuesday, August 17, 2010 by Allan Nadler | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

What qualifies a literary work as "Jewish"? Debates on this subject, once conducted with rigor, have become sillier over the years, descending to the recent call for inducting the African American writer Walter Mosley—whose mother was Jewish, and in whose detective novels the heroes are all black men—into the Jewish literary pantheon.
Editors' Picks
The Silver Platter Nathan Alterman, eJewish Philanthropy. “Through wondering tears, the people stare./ ‘Who are you, the silent two?’/ And they reply: ‘We are the silver platter/ Upon which the Jewish State was served to you.’” (Poetry)
Everything New Is Old Again Jason Guriel, Parnassus Review. More than 30 years ago, Charles Bernstein and the Language poets tried to startle readers by freeing words from the illusion of meaning.  Today’s readers may be less surprised.
Found in Translation Yehuda Amichai, New Republic. Robert Alter's new translations of a selection of Yehuda Amichai's poems breathe fresh life into the work of one of Israel's literary giants.
Solomon Remembers Andrew McCulloch, TLS. The poet Mick Imlah on King Solomon’s efforts to recollect and depict his “world of wives”—700 of them, not to mention the 300 concubines. (Poem)
Questions for the Critics Erika Dreifus, “Would you be satisfied, then . . .” (A poem)
O Pioneers! Hillel Halkin, Jewish Review of Books. They graduated from American colleges, read American literature, and traveled in America.  So, why did these immigrant poets insist on writing in the little-read language of Hebrew?
Wartime Train Christian Wiman, Tikkun. "This cry I am inside/ is not mine." (Poem)
Amos Hakham’s Song , Seforim Blog. “The love portrayed in the Song of Songs is untainted and pure. It is entirely within the bounds of that which is appropriate, permissible, and accepted”: the distinct scholarly voice of the recently deceased “most popular man in Israel.”
“Hora to an Exiled Girl” Aaron Kalman, Times of Israel. A long-lost Hannah Szenes poem comes to light.
The Forgotten Firebrand Sue Vice, H-Net. Appalled at the secularism of inter-war Anglo-Jewry, poet Izak Goller bemoaned “the gods of the shops and the warehouses / Hollow papier-mâché imitations of the Golden Calf of our ancestors!”