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Noah Millman

Noah Millman is a columnist at The Week and a filmmaker. He is currently working on a book about Shakespeare and the Hebrew Bible.

Sitting with Shylock on Yom Kippur

Sitting with Shylock on Yom Kippur

Noah Millman

The poet Heinrich Heine imagined the merchant of Venice attending Neilah, the final service of Yom Kippur, but I find him earlier in the day, at Mincha, and we are listening together to the story of another Jew among Gentiles, bitter at being compelled to show mercy.