The Right Track

Hadassah
President's Column

The Right Track

by Marcie Natan

When Avigdor Kaplan assumed the position of Director General of the Hadassah Medical Organization, he made a mission statement that said a lot in a...

Web Review: News from Italy

Wider World
News + Politics

Web Review: News from Italy

by Leah Finkelshteyn

  “Jews in Italy are a small minority,” writes Guido Vitale, editor-in-chief of Pagine Ebraiche on the Italian Jewish newspaper’s website, “but loom large in terms...

Melody and Dissonance

Arts
Music

Melody and Dissonance

by Seth Weinstein

Nigunim, Hebrew Melodies Siblings Gil and Orli Shaham (violin and piano) bring niggunim to life with impressive technique and soaring cadenzas. Movements by composer Avner Dorman...

On View: Baseball Dreams and Contemporary Jewish Landscapes

Arts
Exhibit

On View: Baseball Dreams and Contemporary Jewish Landscapes

by Peter Ephross

Chasing Dreams: Baseball & Becoming American This exhibit focuses on the role baseball played in helping Jews and other minorities feel comfortable in the United States....

Big Screen Roundup, From Israel, America and Germany

Arts
Film

Big Screen Roundup, From Israel, America and Germany

Sosúa: Make a Better World Bits of West Side Story, strangers in a strange land and a civic lesson on American diversity are rolled into one...

Coming Home

Wider World
Feature

Coming Home

by Judith Fein

Edgar Mendez, a 59-year-old lawyer, arrived in Mexico City from Neiva, Colombia, where he used to be a Catholic priest. Charton Baggio, 45, a motivational speaker,...

Total Immersion

Wider World
Feature

Total Immersion

by Judith Fein

“I’ve got a situation here,” said Rabbi Jacques Cukierkorn as he stood at the edge of the freshwater pool. “I can do the men’s mikve...

Jewish Artists and the Bible in Twentieth-Century America

Books
Non-fiction

Jewish Artists and the Bible in Twentieth-Century America

by Zelda Shluker

Five celebrated American-born, secular Jewish artists—Jack Levine, George Segal, Audrey Flack, Larry Rivers and R.B. Kitaj—found inspiration in the Bible, creating modern midrash. In the...

City of Promises: A History of the Jews of New York

Books
Non-fiction

City of Promises: A History of the Jews of New York

by Stewart Kampel

Call it the Big Apple. Gotham. Or even, just New York, New York. Anyone who picks up any of the three volumes that make up...

The Family: Three Journeys Into the Heart of the Twentieth Century

Books
Non-fiction

The Family: Three Journeys Into the Heart of the Twentieth Century

by Joan Baum

Although the family depicted in David Laskin’s impressively researched and absorbing narrative is his, it is compelling as both memoir and history. It recounts the...

The Collini Case: A Novel

Books
Fiction

The Collini Case: A Novel

by Helen Schary Motro

The Collini Case: A Novel (Viking Adult, 208 pp. $25.95 cloth, $15 paper) combines murder, love, greed, ambition, politics and Nazis. Written by Ferdinand von Schirach, a...

The Retrospective: A Novel

Books
Fiction

The Retrospective: A Novel

by Joseph Lowin

In The Retrospective (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 336 pp. $26), adeptly translated by Stuart Schoffman, Israeli novelist A.B. Yehoshua shows himself to have serious metaphysical and theological...

Making Sense of It All

About Hebrew
Feature

Making Sense of It All

by Joseph Lowin

The root sin, khaf, lamed takes us to wisdom, success, cunning, eyesight and mystical power....

In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist: A Novel

Books
Fiction

In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist: A Novel

by Sara Trappler Spielman

In her second book, In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist (New York Review Books, 207 pp. $16 paper), set in Jerusalem in 1999, Ruchama King Feuerman depicts...

Being Jewish
Ritual
Family
Feature

"Control" Alternating with "Delete"

by Renee Ghert-Zand

Lisa Samick was 35 when she watched her younger sister, a new mother, die of metastatic breast cancer. Judah Schiller was 35 when he was left...

Many Seconds into the Future

Books
Fiction

Many Seconds into the Future

by Sanford Pinsker

John J. Clayton’s work is inextricably tied to humanism, but as his stories, first published in Commentary magazine, make clear, his fiction is unashamedly Jewish....

People and Spirit

Hadassah
Editor's Wrapup

People and Spirit

by Zelda Shluker

The holiday of Shavuot was celebrated June 3 to 5, but its spirit of faith and nationhood echoes in this issue of Hadassah Magazine. On Shavuot,...

The Great War and Jewish Memory

Wider World
Feature

The Great War and Jewish Memory

by David Laskin

Jews fought on both sides, but their experiences were worlds apart. Military service solidified Jews' loyalty to America, while German Jews were accused of shirking....

1914 & 2014

Hadassah
President's Column

1914 & 2014

by Marcie Natan

The guns began firing 100 years ago this summer. World War I not only changed the global political landscape—and set the stage for World War...

Continuity and Rebellion

Being Jewish
Commentary

Continuity and Rebellion

by Jeffrey K. Salkin

We all know that Father’s Day is a secular American holiday, invented as a way of honoring fathers as a complement to Mother’s Day. Sometimes...