Fall 2012

Fall 2012
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Letters, Fall 2012

Much Ado About Nothing, Borges' Aleph, Herzl's Tel Aviv, What would Kany Say?



Economist Bryan Caplan thinks parents “overcharge” themselves when it comes to investing in their children. Glückel of Hameln knew better.

Brave New Bavli: Talmud in the Age of the iPad

The Talmud was hypertextual before we had the word. ArtScroll's new app is only the beginning.


Category Error

What is lost when the books of the Hebrew Bible are read as philosophy?

Spy vs. Spy

Beginning in 1940 the French and the Zionists had a common enemy—the British.

Black September

Organizers of the 1972 Olympic games were determined to avoid recalling Munich's Nazi past—which inadvertently facilitated the bloody massacre of Israeli athletes.

Tough Bananas

A rags-to-riches tale with a machete-swinging Jewish hero.

Poets of the Tribe

The story of 12 Hebrew poets—in America.

Remembering the Forgotten

Historian Bernard Wasserstein narrates Jewish life in Europe between the world wars.

It's Complicated

Isaiah Berlin's influential liberalism is partly explained by his Zionism.

Politics and Anti-Politics

Michael Walzer asks new questions of the biblical text, the same sorts of questions we often ask of Locke or Voltaire.


Spinoza in Shtreimels: An Underground Seminar

A professor and three Hasidim walk into a bar—to study philosophy. True story.

The Arts

No Greater Love

The Israeli music scene is bringing together world-class Israeli jazz and classic Sephardic liturgical music. Voilà!: the jazz piyyut.


Friendly Fire: A Response and Rejoinder

Peter Berkowitz responds to Jeremy Rabkin.

Last Word

Where Abraham Walked

Preserved for centuries by Syrian Christians, spoken-Aramaic is now breathing its last.

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