Office Hours: Marilyn Golden

This interview appears in our Spring 2021 issue. Subscribe now to receive a copy in your mailbox. If you’ve taken public transit in the United States, you may have seen the bumpy yellow tiles on a subway platform. When you’ve crossed at an intersection, you may have heard an automated voice saying, “Walk sign is on” as the light […]

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Eternal Return

Discussed in this essay: Voices in the Evening, by Natalia Ginzburg, translated by D.M. Low. New Directions, 2021. 144 pages. Family and Borghesia, by Natalia Ginzburg, translated by Beryl Stockman. NYRB Classics, 2021. 128 pages. THERE IS PERHAPS no greater archivist of the family lexicon than the Italian novelist Natalia Ginzburg. As she recounts in […]

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Flu, 1918

This essay appears in our Spring 2021 issue. Subscribe now to receive a copy in your mailbox. Rose Riegelhaupt (1906–1984) grew up in the Jewish community of Poughkeepsie, New York. She wrote this memoir, which was recently discovered in an old box of her papers, sometime in the late 1970s.  IT WAS THE YEAR 1918. It was a year […]

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Letters to the Editor: Antisemitism Uptick and Organizing Jews

The following letters were received regarding web content published in May, including the article “A Closer Look at the ‘Uptick’ in Antisemitism,” which analyzed antisemitism statistics provided by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), and the audio conversation “Organizing Jews and How to Talk to Your Family,“ in which members of Jewish Currents staff debated the merits […]

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Three Poems

Click here to read the rest of the Paul Celan folio. Introduced and translated from the German by Carlie Hoffman(English follows the German, below) Selma Meerbaum-Eisinger, a younger cousin of Paul Celan, was a Jewish, German-language poet and translator who died in a Nazi labor camp in 1942, at the age of 18. She left behind […]

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To Life

Click here to read the rest of the Paul Celan folio. Introduced and translated from the German by Carlie Hoffman(English follows the German, below) For almost 75 years, Paul Celan’s “Todesfuge” (“Deathfugue”) has vexed and moved readers. Since my first encounter with the poem in a graduate seminar on the elegy, I’ve noticed how the […]

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When “Antifa” Is the Enemy

Over the last several years, debates over antisemitism and Israel/Palestine have roiled the German-speaking world. In 2019, the director of Berlin’s Jewish Museum, Peter Schäfer, was forced to resign after the museum tweeted about a petition against the German government’s decision to designate the BDS movement as antisemitic. In the spring of 2020, Germany’s (non-Jewish) […]

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Who Owns American Judaism?

This review appears in our Spring 2021 issue. Subscribe now to receive a copy in your mailbox. Discussed in this essay: The American Jewish Philanthropic Complex: The History of a Multibillion-Dollar Institution, by Lila Corwin Berman. Princeton University Press, 2020. 280 pages. IN THE WINTER OF 2018, I found myself in a summer camp in the Santa Monica mountains, learning […]

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