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Stuck Between Berlin and Jerusalem

What kind of Zionist was Gershom Scholem?

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Hollywood’s New Golems, on the Loose, Storm the Box Office

The slew of animated creatures on screen suggests that we once again feel the same fears that brought the original monster to life

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Youth in Revolt

A new edition of Walter Benjamin’s early work sheds light his first reckonings with Jewishness and offers glimpses of the powerful thinker he would ultimately become

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The Pugilist

Friends and Politics, Part 3: Norman Podhoretz. The neoconservative icon and I weren’t personally close, but we shared a more important bond, over the struggle to defend Israel and American Jewry.

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Gathering Storm

Aberrant Marxist, heretical Jew, maverick social theorist—Walter Benjamin remains difficult to classify, but his mystique only continues to grow

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American Messiah

It’s been 16 years since Menachem Schneerson’s death, but in a sense the seventh Lubavitcher Rebbe is with us more than ever

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History and Memory

Yosef Yerushalmi, who died Tuesday, was a pioneer in the field of Jewish studies

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Academics Riff on Zionism, Diaspora

Butler, West, others speak at Cooper Union

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A Nation of Commentators

We are all Rashi’s heirs, but what, exactly, is our inheritance?

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The Literatures of the Two Easts

Are Hasidism and Zen Buddhism kindred movements?

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The Storm Called Progress

Benjamin, Scholem, Rosenzweig and the Angel of History

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Redrawing Jewish Europe

Familiar boundaries are made fluid in new collection of scholarly essays

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The Truth Seeker

The work of Gershom Scholem