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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.
Rallying Round the Flags Reviews Rallying Round the FlagsLocked Derek Penslar's new book returns to aim Jewish soldiers of the diaspora to their rightful place in Jewish history.

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

 Hannah Arendt

There have been few phrases that have proved as controversial as the famous subtitle Hannah Arendt chose to sum up her account of the 1961 trial of Adolf Eichmann. From the moment the articles that eventually comprised her book Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil were published in The New Yorker, the idea that the execution of the Nazis’ diabolical plans for an Endlösung to the “Jewish Question” could be considered “banal” offended many readers.

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