Historian Gil Troy recently published an updated and expanded version of Arthur Hertzberg’s classic anthology of Zionist thought, The Zionist Idea. Troy’s The Zionist Ideas: Visions for the Jewish Homeland—Then, Now, Tomorrow (Jewish Publication Society) collects 170 diverse voices on Zionism.
Allan Arkush critiqued The Zionist Ideas in our Fall 2018 issue. Troy responded to Arkush, first by commenting on our website and then in a full piece found here. Arkush’s response to Troy can be read here. Among other things, this lively exchange concerns the sources of Theodore Herzl’s Zionism and whether and in what ways Troy’s book is a worthy successor to Hertzberg’s original.
Daniel Matt’s massive new English edition of the Zohar is not only a great translation, it is also one of the great commentaries on the classic work of Jewish mysticism. Insofar as it is possible, Matt has brought the unfathomable, mysterious, and poetic depths of this “book of radiance” to the English reader.
At the age of 29, David Ben-Gurion was speaking to empty halls across America for the Zionist movement and Leo Strauss was finding the “theological-political predicament” insoluble. As for Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik, he was in Berlin worrying about epistemology and halakha. Three portraits of Jewish excellence in the making.
While the blood libel was rooted in Christianity, it also accused Jews of practicing precisely the opposite of what Judaism itself teaches, namely, not to consume blood.
How a small, marginal community of Moravian Jews grappled with the challenges modernization and secularization brought to European Jewry.