John Zorn is a major voice in the musical avant-garde in America. As he turns 60, the composer and performer talks about music, mysticism and the Messiah.
As Pope John Paul II approaches sainthood, it’s time to take a second look at his legacy. Was the beloved pontiff’s record on relations with Jews as perfect as it is often portrayed?
The Second Vatican Council changed the relationship between Catholics and Jews forever. To historian John Connelly, that represents nothing less than a revolution.
Without big changes, the future of Israel is under threat, a new book asserts. Not from Palestinians or Iran, but from the ultra-Orthodox who seek to extend control over the state and society.
Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, went to shul Shabbat on the West Side. Not for the usual davening.
Anita Shapira’s ‘Israel: A History’ just won the National Jewish Book Award for best history book. It’s easy to see why.
The creation of serious Hebrew poetry in the America of the first half of the 20th century is a well-kept secret. Alan Mintz’s new book examines the little-known movement.
A new biography of Otto von Bismarck looks at how Germany’s first “professional politician” used anti-Semitism as a means of personal advancement.
The place of the Church Fathers in the contouring of Christianity, particularly with respect to demonizing the Jews, is well established, and their writings have been well rehearsed by theologians, scholars and religious leaders. Anti-Judaism was central to the shaping of Christian theology in the early centuries of Christianity.
‘Lies have short legs” is a proverb invoked by historian Richard Levy in discussing historical frauds and forgeries. Clearly, in the case of a slew of antisemitic libels — most infamously “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” — such folk wisdom is just plain wrong. “Protocols” may well be the longest-legged lie of modern times, and