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‘The Jewish Question’ Revisited

“Some commentators believe that ‘the Jewish Question’ that has been buzzing around in the West for some three centuries — the question of how this ancient people, the Jews, should fit into a modern political order — should be reopened,” writes Gadi Taub in a review of four new books in the Chronicle of Higher Education. “National self-determination for Jews in a state of their own, such critics say, can no longer be part of a morally acceptable answer. That is a telling development. As in the past, Western attitudes to the ‘Jewish Question’ are reliable indications of larger political moods and of the shifting meanings of political concepts.”

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