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Nostalgia for the Numinous Reviews Nostalgia for the Numinous In the beginning there were the angry atheists. Terry Eagleton is more melancholy: “Atheism is by no means as easy as it looks.”
Heschel Transcendent Reviews Heschel TranscendentLocked Abraham Joshua Heschel’s intellectual peers included Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik, Reinhold Niebuhr, and the Lubavitcher Rebbe. His main thought, Shai Held argues, was of transcendence.
Something Was Missing Reviews Something Was MissingLocked When it was time for new MK Ruth Calderon to speak to Knesset for the first time, she told a Talmudic story and created a YouTube sensation. Her book has now been translated.

The Last Word

"Tone-deafness is, I think, the key to understanding how Holocaust genre fiction came into being and how it continues to flourish. How else could an editor allow Anna Funder’s imagining of a dialogue between Ernst Toller and W.H. Auden in which Toller says, 'This is a conversation we’ve had before—about the temptation of art, like fire, to use people as fuel,' to escape the red pen?"

From "Killer Backdrop" by Amy Newman Smith | Summer 2014

Baseball cards The Jewbird

When Bernard Malamud died, in 1986, Saul Bellow composed a eulogy for the writer with whom he had been so often juxtaposed. The critical habit of viewing Bellow, Malamud, and the younger Philip Roth as a kind of literary consortium, a Jewish American all-star team, naturally irked all three of the men from time to time.

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