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Selected Essays

What America Owes the Jews, What Jews Owe America

Dara Horn, Norman Podhoretz, Rick Richman, Jonathan Sarna and Meir Soloveichik

  • To what extent was the American Revolution an achievement of Judaism?
  • How did Zionism win over American Jews?
  • Is there an American Jewish equivalent to Yiddish?
  • Why did Abraham Lincoln feel such a close connection to the Jews?
  • Why are many American Jews so often reluctant to admit what they owe to America?

These are but some of the questions asked—and answered—in this new collection of never-before-published essays from five of Jewish America’s leading thinkers. Out in time for the Fourth of July, What America Owes the Jews, What Jews Owe America is an essential text for lovers and observers of American and Jewish life.

Available now from Mosaic Books in all major ebook formats. Click the Kindle and iBooks links above to order now!

Release date

July 4, 2016

About the Authors

Dara Horn is the author of four novels, of which the most recent is A Guide for the Perplexed (2013), and is at work on her fifth.


Norman Podhoretz served as editor-in-chief of Commentary from 1960 until his retirement in 1995. He is the author of twelve books, including My Love Affair with America (2000) and Why Jews are Liberals (2009). In 2004 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.


Rick Richman has written for Mosaic, Commentary, the New York Sun, PJ Media, and his own blog, Jewish Current Issues. His new book, Racing Against History, will be out later this month from Encounter Books.



Jonathan Sarna is the Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun professsor of American Jewish history at Brandeis University and chief historian of the National Museum of American Jewish History. He has written, edited, or co-edited more than 30 books. The most recent, co-authored with Benjamin Shapell, is Lincoln and the Jews: a History.


Meir Soloveichik is the rabbi of Congregation Shearith Israel in New York and director of the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University.