Support First Things by turning your adblocker off or by making a  donation. Thanks!

Oz’s Israel

From the August/September 2005 Print Edition

A Tale of Love and Darkness by amos oz harcourt, 544 pp, $26 Just over forty years ago, a university literature student named Amos Oz summoned the courage to ring S.Y. Agnon’s doorbell. Upon hearing the young man’s name, the Nobel Prize–winning novelist asked: “Aren’t you the child who, . . . . Continue Reading »

Orthodoxy and Reticence

From the February 2005 Print Edition

It has been forty years since my revered teacher Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik, popularly known as “the Rav” by his followers in the modern wing of American Orthodoxy, presented his paper “Confrontation” to the Rabbinical Council of America. The paper was later published in the Council’s . . . . Continue Reading »