Raphael Magarik


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


Do Jewish Voices Count More on Israel and Iran?

By Raphael Magarik

Sanctions bill sponsor Sen. Robert Menendez addresses AIPAC annual policy conference, Washington Convention Center, March 5, 2013. / Getty Images Read More


In Joshua Safran's Memoir, Jack Kerouac Meets Edgar Allan Poe

By Raphael Magarik

In Joshua Safran's Memoir, Jack Kerouac Meets Edgar Allan Poe
‘Free Spirit,’ Joshua Safran’s memoir of his nomadic childhood, starts out as a dark version of a Mark Twain story. It winds up as an inspiring tale of Jewish salvation.Read More


David Nirenberg Traces The Long, Bewildering History of Anti-Semitism

By Raphael Magarik

David Nirenberg Traces The Long, Bewildering History of Anti-Semitism
David Nirenberg traces the history of anti-Semitism from ancient Egypt through 20th-century Europe, encompassing literary criticism of ‘The Merchant of Venice.’Read More


How the Vilna Gaon Became More Modern Than Moses Mendelssohn

By Raphael Magarik

How the Vilna Gaon Became More Modern Than Moses Mendelssohn
It’s easy to see the physical differences between Moses Mendelssohn and the Vilna Gaon. But according to a new book, the Gaon was just as modern as Mendelssohn.Read More






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