Raphael Magarik


Why Israeli Left Should Stop Backing Gaza Wars

By Raphael Magarik

Palestinians carry a boy following an Israeli military strike on the Gaza beach / Getty Images Read More


How Liturgy Can Co-Exist With Backstreet Boys and The Wu-Tang Clan

By Raphael Magarik

How Liturgy Can Co-Exist With Backstreet Boys and The Wu-Tang Clan
Many Jewish liturgical tunes take melodies from secular music. Did Raphael Magarik go too far by grabbing the melody from rap’s Wu-Tang Clan or a Yom Kippur service?Read More


A Holocaust Romance Tied to a Necklace, Filled With Clichés

By Raphael Magarik

A Holocaust Romance Tied to a Necklace, Filled With Clichés
In Ayelet Waldman’s latest novel, a necklace travels to pre-WWI Budapest, finding love, death and the Holocaust on the way. But it’s a romance of cliches, Raphael Magarik writes.Read More


Even Lefties Should Support David the Nahlawi

By Raphael Magarik

Israeli soldiers support a comrade punished for pointing a gun at a Palestinian teenager. / Facebook Read More


Putting Persian Back in the Talmud

By Raphael Magarik

Putting Persian Back in the Talmud
Academic study of the Talmud once provoked anger. But for Shai Secunda, author of ‘The Iranian Talmud,’ much can be learned by finding parallels in other sacred texts.Read More






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