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Edward Rothstein

 
About the author

Edward Rothstein is critic at large for the Wall Street Journal. His previous essay in Mosaic, “The Problem with Jewish Museums,” appeared in February 2016. Follow him on Twitter @EdRothstein.

How the Met, in its exhibition Jerusalem 1000-1400 and in its defense against critics of that exhibition, exploits the vocabulary of openness.

March 1 2017 12:01AM

An exhibition on the diverse multiculturalism of medieval Jerusalem has been ecstatically received. There’s just one problem: the vision of history it promotes is a myth.

Feb. 6 2017 12:01AM

They are still invoking dated forms of self-abnegation, or engaging in more or less ignorant forms of advocacy, or yearning for a vague universalism.

Feb. 22 2016 12:01AM

Ours is an era of museums celebrating the identity of nearly every group and ethnicity. But something else takes place when the identity in question is Jewish.

Feb. 1 2016 12:01AM

A remarkable concert reintroduces three Jewish composers who fled fascist Europe to America, where two of them pioneered a new art form—the symphonic film score.

May 21 2015 12:01AM

As a powerful new exhibit shows, the 16th president felt a close connection to the Jewish people. Why?

April 1 2015 12:01AM

As Wagner illustrates, anti-Semitism is more than a mere dislike of Jews—it’s a metaphysical condition that shapes the very way the world is perceived.

Jan. 12 2015 12:01AM