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Fear of The Book, and My Path to Academe

As a boy, I feared dropping the Torah scrolls, or writing marginalia in other texts. But I overcame that anxiety once I entered academe, whose doors were opened by great Jewish thinkers before my time

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Finally, Academia’s Asking the Real Question: Is Islamophobia Accelerating Global Warming?

But what about the relationship between anti-Semitism and pygmy hippos?

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Walt Whitman’s New Health Treatise

A scholar discovers a hidden text by the great American author of ‘Song of Myself.’ But can the celebrated democrat survive the politics of 21st-century academia?

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The Left’s Ideas Deficit Strengthens Islamists

ISIS offers its recruits a vision of wild and violent abandon. To eradicate it, we need not only better guns but also better ideas.

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Why ‘The Enlightenment Project’ Is Necessary and Unending

The Enlightenment was never about colonialism or mindless pursuit of perfection—it was, and is, about liberating us all

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A Marriage That Changed the Course of History

What Natalie Zemon Davis, pioneering scholar of early modern Europe, owes to her husband, and Martin Guerre

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American Historical Association Shelves Anti-Israel Resolutions

Academic group eschews late proposals to sanction Israel by 144-51 margin

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali to Screen Controversial Film

Much to the chagrin of some at NYU

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Kafka Was the Rage

At a Catholic school, a professor fighting the academic boycott of Israel is investigated on secret charges

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Crucified by His Own Bishop

The Yale Episcopal chaplain, forced out over accusations of anti-Semitism, talks about his downfall

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The Mystery of the Origins of Yiddish Will Never Be Solved

How an academic field—marked by petty fighting, misguided ideological debates, and personal proximity to tragedy—doomed itself

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NYU’s Secret Anti-Israel Conference Revisited

An exchange with NYU American Studies professor Lisa Duggan

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Q&A: Norman Finkelstein

The intellectual pariah, author of two new books, on Noam Chomsky, BDS, the Holocaust, and Whitney Houston

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Do English Depts. Study American-Jewish Lit?

Hire experts on Roths Henry and Philip, panel suggests

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Jewish-Studies Money With Strings Attached

Foundation wants secular Jews studied; some schools refuse

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Jews Crush Muslims in Nobel Tally

‘Jerusalem Post’ op-ed theorizes on why

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Sex, Kabbalah, and the Academy at Fringe

NYC theater festival starts this week

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Higher Learning

A father tells his young son a tantalizing lie

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