What the Media Gets Wrong About Israel (The Atlantic)

The Atlantic, Nov. 30, 2014 During the Gaza war this summer, it became clear that one of the most important aspects of the media-saturated conflict between Jews and Arabs is also the least covered: the press itself. The Western press has become less an observer of...

An Insider’s Guide to the Most Important Story on Earth (Tablet Magazine)

Tablet Magazine, August 26, 2014 The Israel Story Is there anything left to say about Israel and Gaza? Newspapers this summer have been full of little else. Television viewers see heaps of rubble and plumes of smoke in their sleep. A representative article from a recent issue of The New Yorker described...

The Continuing Mysteries of the Aleppo Codex (Tablet Magazine)

From Tablet, an update on developments in the story of the Aleppo Codex in the two years since the book was published: I am not sure I expected the story of the long-forgotten Aleppo Codex, the perfect copy of the Hebrew Bible, to occupy me for...

Toronto Jewish Literary Festival (May 26)

Torontonians: Registration is now open for the Aleppo Codex lecture at the Toronto Jewish Literary Festival on May 26. It's "pay what you can." Details and registration right here....

Upcoming events in New York and Toronto

Two upcoming Aleppo Codex-related events for New Yorkers and Torontonians: On May 21 I will be speaking at Beth Torah, one of the biggest Aleppo synagogues in New York. This promises to be an interesting evening, the first one to be held with the community at...

“Le Codex D’Alep”

The French version of "The Aleppo Codex" -- "Le Codex D'Alep" -- has just been published by the wonderful people at Albin Michel. (More details here.) I spotted the book myself at Gagnani Books on the Rue de Rivoli, right next to the Louvre:  ...

Sami Rohr Prize ceremony, Jerusalem

I'm currently recovering from the wonderful Sami Rohr Prize ceremony here in Jerusalem, an event that included Syrian food and a killer electric oud. And, of course, a literary crowd packed into the ballroom at the King David Hotel. You can read a bit more...

To the Best of Our Knowledge

The mystery of the Aleppo Codex is featured on this week's episode of the great US public radio show To the Best of Our Knowledge. The episode is devoted to the idea of the "magic book," and is well worth a listen in its entirety: For...

2014 Sami Rohr Prize

Some incredible news this evening (Nov. 7) from the Jewish Book Council: I have been awarded the 2014 Sami Rohr Prize for The Aleppo Codex. The Rohr Prize  is the biggest Jewish literary award and one of the biggest in general. The previous winners are...