History and Polemic: An Exchange
In “Context and Content” (Winter 2023), Allan Arkush reviewed Eric Alterman’s recent book, We Are Not One: A History of America’s Fight Over Israel. Alterman has written to JRB in response to Arkush’s review, and Arkush has subsequently responded as well:
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Spinoza in Warsaw: Fragments of a Dream
“Having rested in his grave for 250 years, Baruch Spinoza came to the conclusion that just lying around like that was without telos” and decided to try to make it in Warsaw. A Yiddish satire, translated and with an introduction by Allan Nadler.
Hidden Faces and Dark Corners: Megillat Esther and Measure for Measure
What happens when the hidden is revealed? Reading Megillat Esther alongside one of Shakespeare’s “problem plays” shows that question to be at the heart of Purim’s paradox.
What Jesus Wasn’t: Zealot
When Fox News' Lauren Green asked Reza Aslan why, as a Muslim, he would write a book about Jesus, he answered that it was his job as an historian of religions—which would have been a good answer, if it had been true.
What . . . Him Worry?
How did Abraham Jaffee, raised in the shtetl of Zarasai, became one of MAD magazine's most prolific and recognizable cartoonists?
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