A Spanish civil servant who collected a salary for at least six years without working used the time to become an expert on the writings of Jewish philosopher Baruch Spinoza, Spanish media reported.
More than 350 years after this city’s Portuguese Jewish community excommunicated Baruch Spinoza and banned his writings for eternity, the philosopher’s books are for sale at the souvenir shop of the community’s synagogue.
The array of uses and misuses of Baruch Spinoza, perhaps Judaism’s most-famed heretic, is testimony to the boundlessness of the human imagination.
EDITOR’S NOTEBOOK: After more than 350 years, Baruch Spinoza has been invited back into the Jewish community–at least by those who held a mock trial in Washington D.C.
For all its ponderous philosophy, ‘New Jerusalem,’ is unexpectedly witty and dramatic, especially in this revival at the Theater J in Washington D.C.