Shaul Magid


Reb Zalman Married Counter Culture to Hasidic Judaism

By Shaul Magid

Reb Zalman Married Counter Culture to Hasidic Judaism
Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, one of the important Jewish innovators in postwar America, inspiration to a generation and ecumenical spiritualist, has died at 89.Read More


The Dark Side of Purim

By Shaul Magid

Esther denouncing Haman / Ernest Normand Read More


The Triumph and Tragedy of Counter-Cultural Judaism

By Shaul Magid

The Triumph and Tragedy of Counter-Cultural Judaism
An insider looks back at the ’60s Jewish counter-cultural movement led by Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach — and explores his current incarnation as a settler icon.Read More


Jacob Frank and the Heresy We Forgot

By Shaul Magid

“History is written by the winners.” Whether or not Napoleon Bonaparte first uttered this, the sentiment behind it applies to the arch-heretic Jacob Frank, who died while Napoleon was still an obscure lieutenant colonel in Corsica. Frank was one of the most enigmatic and bizarre figures in modern Jewish history — a combination of charlatan, opportunist and Jewish religious critic. He grew up as part of the growing Sabbatean movement in Poland, and after numerous incarnations he began his own heretical movement, converting to Christianity with many of his disciples in 1759.Read More


What You Must Think About Zionism

By Shaul Magid

What You Must Think About Zionism
Ask any Jew you know, even one who has a university degree in Jewish studies, who Simon Rawidowicz is. I am willing bet the response will be, “Simon who?” At best, you may get, “Didn’t he once teach at Brandeis a long time ago?” That itself is sufficient cause for David Myers’s new book, “Between Arab and Jew: The Lost Voice of Simon Rawidowicz.”Read More






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