In 2011, James Ceaser reviewed in these pages a posthumous collection of Irving Kristol’s essays, The Neoconservative Persuasion. Ceaser was particularly struck by how interested Irving Kristol had been in religion:
Religion is the most important theme running through this collection, the focus of more essays than any other topic. Irving Kristol was not just a Jewish intellectual, but an intellectual who wrote about Jews, Judaism, and the Jewish Problem (Jews in relation to Christianity). . . . Kristol’s early essays on Judaism, written in the shadow of the Holocaust, contain some remarkable reflections on the long history of Jewish-Christian relations from the Middle Ages. His most original contribution, however, comes in his treatment of American Jews. . . . Jews, by his account, have failed in thinking through clearly their own situation and determining how best to navigate some of the challenges they now face.
The Scrapbook agrees—as always!—with Ceaser, and is therefore very pleased to report that Kristol’s essays on Jews and Judaism have now been collected and published as an ebook, edited by Gertrude Himmelfarb, who has provided a fine introduction. The ebook is available for your iPad and iPhone via Apple’s iBooks app, and on Kindle and the Kindle app via Amazon. Visit mosaicmagazine.com/books for more information.
As our distinguished contributing editor Charles Krauthammer writes, this collection of “deep and subtle theological writings . . . brilliantly illuminates the deepest layers of Kristol’s thinking about God and man. A revelation—and an education.” So order, read, and enjoy.