Allan Nadler


Norman Lamm Deserves Better

By Allan Nadler

Norman Lamm Deserves Better
Among the people who enter our lives, enrich our minds and inspire our hearts are at times those we barely, if at all, know personally. Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm, who has just announced his retirement as chancellor of Yeshiva University after a remarkably distinguished career, has for decades played such a role in my life.Read More


Jonathan Sacks Offers Strident Defense of Faith

By Allan Nadler

Jonathan Sacks Offers Strident Defense of Faith
Outgoing British chief rabbi Jonathan Sacks seeks to achieve a union between science and religion in his latest book. Maybe he should have set his sights a little bit lower.Read More


Our Favorite Heretic

By Allan Nadler

Our Favorite Heretic
The array of uses and misuses of Baruch Spinoza, perhaps Judaism’s most-famed heretic, is testimony to the boundlessness of the human imagination.Read More


Spinoza Para Bobos (Spinoza For Dummies)

By Allan Nadler

Spinoza Para Bobos (Spinoza For Dummies)
Baruch Spinoza was born in Amsterdam in 1632, the son of Portuguese Marranos (or conversos, or crypto-Jews) who had fled the Inquisition. A prodigy at Amsterdam’s Etz Chaim Yeshiva, he was widely expected to become a rabbi. As rumors of his heretical ideas spread, he was denounced by his yeshiva teachers, and in 1656 he was excommunicated by the Mahamad (Jewish Community Council) of Amsterdam. He lived in several small Amsterdam towns, most notably Rijnsberg, before settling in The Hague, where he died in 1677.Read More


Wide-Eyed Postcards From Lithuania

By Allan Nadler

Wide-Eyed Postcards From Lithuania
A new memoir about Lithuania and the Holocaust is little more than a confusing collage of wide-eyed postcards from a land whose history the author struggles, and mostly fails, to decipher.Read More






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