Gordon Haber writes about religion and culture in addition to editing the CANVAS Compendium, a newsletter on Jewish arts and culture. He does not live in Brooklyn.
By Gordon Haber
Think the goblins in Harry Potter are antisemitic? Try the rest of British literature
I used to read “Harry Potter” to my son every night. (I do a killer Hagrid.) You may recall that in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” (“the Philosophers’ Stone” in the UK) Hagrid takes young Harry to Gringotts Bank, which is run by goblins. JK Rowling describes the first goblin that appears as “a…
Humor | I Am a White Male of Modest Accomplishment. I Want to Be Your President.
As a white male who has done some stuff, but not really that much stuff, I am proud to announce that I am running for the Democratic nomination of President of the United States. I dearly love this country, and I believe in the principles set down in the Constitution by our Founding Fathers, especially…
Mussolini’s Willing Executioners: The Genocide Of Italy’s Jews
The Italian Executioners: The Genocide of the Jews in Italy By Simon Levis Sullam Princeton University Press, 208 pages, $26.95 In the cultural geography of the Shoah, Italy doesn’t take up much space. Our imagination turns instead to Germany and Poland. This is for good reason, of course, as the Shoah was a German initiative…
It’s Not Just Jews. Let’s Remember The Other People Europeans Love To Hate
Some years ago, I was discussing the history of Jews in Poland with a Polish academic. He pointed out to me that while anti-Semitism has certain unique characteristics, in pre-war Poland it was part of a web of inter-ethnic conflicts that also included Ukrainians, Lithuanians, and Germans, to name a few. Timothy Snyder makes a…
In These Sacred Spaces, Judaism, Islam And Christianity Intersect
Christians in Muslim countries face violence and harassment. The same goes for Muslims in Christian countries and Israel. And, as Tom Lehrer sang, “everybody hates the Jews.” This isn’t new information, and many before me have pointed out the irony that the three main Abrahamic religions are so often at each other’s throats. Even if…
DC’s Museum Of The Bible Offers Skewed Story Of America
Dear Editor, I am delighted that an eminent legal scholar has responded to my piece, but I am baffled by most of his criticisms. Mr. Dane seems to think that I am arguing against the idea of the Christian Bible as a crucial text in the history of the American experiment. But I didn’t write…
We Went To The Museum Of The Bible — So You Don’t Have To
Entering the Museum of the Bible was a little like getting on a plane to Israel — it was a mess trying to get through security. There was a kind of honeycombed bomb-sniffing device, tall as a man, that a French correspondent said reminded her of something from “Star Trek.” A newspaper reporter from Alabama…
Cool Places to Shop in Tel Aviv (Sponsored)
In Tel Aviv, you’ll run out of money long before you run out of great shops in which to spend it. Here are just a few suggestions that reflect everything you’d expect from such a vibrant city. The emphasis isn’t on high-end or low — it’s how to get your hands on stuff you won’t…
Julianna Margulies is not your average ‘Karen’
‘People thought we were dead’: They spent 27 hours under fire from Hamas — then Netanyahu used their home for an Elon Musk photo op
How Oct. 7 is reshaping the Zionist — and anti-Zionist — left in the US
Why the No. 1 song in Israel represents a radical shift in Israeli pop music
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