A Note on The Jewish Quarterly's Next Issue
We have decided that we will not be proceeding with the next issue of The Jewish Quarterly.
The issue, due to be released in November, was to feature one standalone essay: a long-form piece by Israeli writer Anshel Pfeffer about Benjamin Netanyahu, his political comeback, and his failure to anticipate the backlash against his government’s radical legal reforms.
Tragically, the contents of this piece have been overtaken by the terrible events in Israel and the current war. We cannot release an issue about Netanyahu at this time that does not take account of these developments, and our print deadlines for the November issue make it impossible for us to do so with the depth, dignity and insight that these events deserve. The events are still unfolding. It is too soon to know or address their significance – for Israel, the Middle East, and the Jewish people.
For this reason, we have chosen not to release an issue in November.
The next issue of The Jewish Quarterly will be released in February.
Current IssueJQ253 - August 2023
The language that makes a people
This issue of The Jewish Quarterly explores the remarkable evolution and revival of Hebrew – a language whose trajectory charts the recent history of the Jewish people. In this ground-breaking essay, award-winning writer Ben Judah explores the crucial role of modern Hebrew in defining and reshaping the Jewish people and examines its status as a fast-changing language that is spoken by Jews and Palestinians. He describes his experience of longing for and learning the language, and argues that Hebrew is a missing connection between Israel and the Diaspora. The issue also includes a short story by Isaac Bashevis Singer that has been translated into English for the first time, an essay by Marta Figlerowicz about the Polish writer and artist Bruno Schulz, and more.