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Available Light: Pictures from Yemen The Arts Available Light: Pictures from YemenLocked Yihye Haybi, a Jewish medical assistant to an Italian doctor in Sana'a, found himself in possession of a camera. Self-taught and working under difficult circumstances, he captured the waning days of Yemen's ancient Jewish community.
Poland Is Not Ukraine: A Response to Konstanty Gebert’s “The Ukrainian Question” Controversy Poland Is Not Ukraine: A Response to Konstanty Gebert’s “The Ukrainian Question” Dovid Katz explores what it means to be a “good guy” and a “bad guy” in his response to Konstanty Gebert’s article on Ukraine and its Jews.
What We Talk About When We Talk About Stepan Bandera: A Rejoinder to Dovid Katz Controversy What We Talk About When We Talk About Stepan Bandera: A Rejoinder to Dovid Katz Konstanty Gebert responds to Dovid Katz's critique.

The Last Word

I asked him if there was anything he felt was left unfinished or that he wanted to do. It felt trite and unlike us but also important to ask. He was weak and grey from the chemo, but also uncharacteristically nervous, jiggling his legs up and down like a runner before a race. “Well,” he said, “I can’t remember which part of the dialogue in the Theaetetus is the part that the Plato guys call ‘The Digression.’”

From “The Digression” by Abraham Socher | Fall 2014

 Eichmann on Trial

Seyla Benhabib’s New York Times opinion piece, “Who’s On Trial: Eichmann or Arendt?” (“The Stone,” September 21, 2014) is a ringing reaffirmation of Hannah Arendt’s notion of the “banality of evil,” in response to renewed criticism by me and others in light of Bettina Stangneth’s newly translated book Eichmann Before Jerusalem. Since Arendt’s thesis has proved to be one of the most influential frameworks for understanding both the Holocaust and subsequent genocides, the interpretive stakes could not be higher.


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