One of George Orwell’s most remarked-upon faults was his disregard for Jews. Why was the late Christopher Hitchens so complacent about it?
Christopher Hitchens later-in-life discovery that he was Jewish did nothing to change his views on Zionism or Israel, The Nation’s managing editor writes in this appreciation.
Hitchens has been widely praised for his masterful writing. But his talent does not cancel out the morally questionable views he espoused in his work, Sarah Seltzer writes.
Journalist, critic, pundit and all-around provocateur Christopher Hitchens died December 15 at the age of 62. The outpouring of appreciation (and criticism) has been immense, including this piece in the Forward by Shmuley Boteach. But the Forward recognized Hitchens long before his death for his considerable — and considerably polarizing — gifts. In 2002, Hitchens was included in the Forward 50, our annual list of the most important and influential contributors to the American Jewish story. It was an interesting time in Hitchens’s career, coming shortly after 9/11, when he was making a break with many of his colleagues on the left. Our write-up at the time read:
Christopher Hitchens was a skilled and acerbic debater whose intellect always shined through. Take it from Shmuley Boteach, one of his regular sparring partners.
As I noted earlier on this blog, atheist firebrand Christopher Hitchens finds Hanukkah wholly objectionable, whether it’s the miracle or the Maccabees’ Hasmonean dynasty. The JTA’s Ami Eden takes him to task for lumping the two aspects of the holiday together:
A word of praise for an oft-overlooked genre: the newspaper illustration. This past Sunday’s New York Times Book Review offered the Jewishly minded reader two especially good examples of the art — drawings that with a few quick brushstrokes manage to capture their subject’s essence.