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Did the False Jewish Messiah Sabbatai Sevi Inspire John Milton’s ‘Paradise Regained’?

The new book ‘Fictions of Conversion’ explores how religious transformation influenced early modern England

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Star Men

British writer Olaf Stapledon, author of the lost 1937 sci-fi masterpiece Star Maker, was perhaps Baruch Spinoza’s greatest 20th-century disciple

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Sundown: Tearing Down the Bil’in Wall

Plus, Sharansky on Bonner, Bachman on Benedikt, and more

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Makeover

A new Modigliani biography tries to undo the painter’s reputation for drunken excess and bolster his standing as a serious artist

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Looking for Mokum

Part 1 of 3: Returning to Amsterdam, scene of my post-college-crisis memoir, Everything Is Going To Be Great, to explore its Jewish history

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Whoppers

A former student remembers a seminar with Chaim Grade—and how it changed his life

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‘The Leviathan,’ in Hebrew

Hobbes classic gets its first full Hebrew translation

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Betraying Spinoza

The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity

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Trailblazers

Were Marranos the first of the moderns?

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Free Radical

Baruch Spinoza inspired Rebecca Goldstein. So why is she out to betray him?

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Always Already

Haunted by ghosts, Jacques Derrida’s writings confounded the march of time

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