Michel Foucault understood that truly free people must be willing to choose death, like the fighters of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. What would he make of the restrictions on liberty in our efforts to safeguard life from COVID-19?
In her new book, ‘The Lion’s Den,’ Susie Linfield examines the historical antecedents to the left’s Jewish problem
Anti-humanists and populists on the extremes of the American political spectrum find common cause attacking the norms of the liberal establishment of progressive plutocrats
A court decision in France finally ends one of the most dispiriting controversies in modern intellectual history. Or does it?
Rokhl’s Golden City: Irving Penn, Florine Stettheimer, the late, great Uriel Weinreich, and the fragile continuity of Yiddish culture
When language itself becomes a political battleground, it’s time to stop talking
There’s a website for that
Director Michel Gondry illustrated hours of interviews for his new film
An eccentric Jerusalem-based researcher believes he’s found the key to the origin of tongues—in the Bible
They could have just read our Q&A with him
Plus an explosion rocks central Beirut
That was the half-year that was, on The Scroll
Comment of the week
Intellectual condemns Bin Laden raid, compares al-Qaida favorably to U.S.
Friends and Politics, Part 2: Irving Howe. The prominent critic and I worked on Yiddish translations together, but a dispute over Israel and its Arab neighbors ruptured our relationship—until we reconnected over literature.
Today on Tablet
The world’s most important leftist intellectual talks about his Zionist childhood and his time with Hezbollah
Recent right-wing rejections of Einstein’s theory of relativity echo Nazi dismissals of what they called ‘Jewish Physics’
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