Jewish Literature

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Sholem Aleichem

One of the most beloved writers of Yiddish literature, his work inspired the hit musical "Fiddler on the Roof."

Israeli Culture

Israeli Literature in Translation: A Reader’s Guide

You don't have to know Hebrew to enjoy some of Israel's best books.

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Mainstream American Jewish Literature

At mid 20th century, Jewish writers connected with American readers by writing about alienation.

Jewish Literature Quiz

How much do you know about Jewish literature?

Literature 101

The People of the Book have created a sizable corpus of secular prose and poetry.

Jews in Comic Books

How American Jews created the comic book industry.

Jewish-American Fiction in the 21st Century

Vibrancy and diversity mark the new crop of novelists and story writers.

Yiddish Literature in the 20th Century

Yiddish writers emigrated from Europe, and though Yiddish writing all but ceased after the Holocaust, it is seeing a small rebirth today.

Yehuda Amichai

A profile of the Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai (1924-2000)

Ladino Literature

Literature in Judeo-Spanish, the language of Sephardic Jews

Yiddish, Ladino & Other European Literature

Because many Jewish writers wrote in German, Russian, French, and other European languages, what we call "European Jewish literature" overlaps with European literature as a whole.

The Emergence of Modern Hebrew Literature

Modern Hebrew literature got an ideological start in Germany, then found artistic maturity in the East.

Sholem Asch

A writer who bridged both Old World and New, but fit into neither.

Jewish American Literature

American Jewish writing depicts the struggles of immigrant life, the stable yet alienated middle-class existence that followed, and finally the unique challenges of cultural acceptance: assimilation and the reawakening of tradition.

Israeli Literature: The New Wave

In the second half of the 20th century, Israeli writers became a voice of critique and protest.