Thane Rosenbaum


On 50th Anniversary of His Trial, Eichmann’s Case Still Brands Israel

By Thane Rosenbaum

On 50th Anniversary of His Trial, Eichmann’s Case Still Brands Israel
The Adolf Eichmann trial — its 50th anniversary is this month — endowed Israel with an altogether different national identity from the one it had so triumphantly achieved in 1948, writes Thane Rosenbaum.Read More


A Boycott Spreads

By Thane Rosenbaum

You know the delegitimization campaign targeting Israel has reached new heights of absurdity when the rallying cry against the Jewish state is now being waged with the help of the chickpea. What a low blow — Israel’s enemies are hitting where it really hurts: hummus.Read More


In the Courtroom: Torment and Dante’s Hell

By Thane Rosenbaum

In the Courtroom: Torment and Dante’s Hell
Joseph Stalin once said that a single death is a tragedy; 1 million, a statistic. The same is true, it turns out, for financial ruin.Read More


Yeah, but the Book Is Better

By Thane Rosenbaum

Whenever a film is adapted from a favorite novel, serious readers of fiction are prone to say, “Yeah, but the book is better.” True partisans of the written page are always in conflict with those who like their stories cinematically revealed, projected onto wide screens that illuminate the darkness and pierce the quiet with DolbyRead More






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    • "I am wrapping up the summer with a beach vacation with my non-Jewish in-laws. They’re good people and real leftists who try to live the values they preach. This was a quality I admired, until the latest war in Gaza. Now they are adamant that American Jews need to take more responsibility for the deaths in Gaza. They are educated people who understand the political complexity, but I don’t think they get the emotional complexity of being an American Jew who is capable of criticizing Israel but still feels a deep connection to it. How can I get this across to them?"
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