Rembrandt, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the Jews

While the 17th-century Dutch painter’s portrayals of Jews—both contemporary and biblical—are well known, J.R.R. Tolkien never made explicit the Jewish presence in his fiction. Once, however, he did comment that the dwarves of his novels were modeled after the Jews. Meir Soloveichik, discussing the two artists, argues that Rembrandt attempted to “depict the humanity of Jews and the Jewishness of biblical scenes,” while Tolkien was interested in the “miraculous nature of the Jewish people”—and that Jews can learn from both. (Interview by Eric Cohen. Audio, 52 minutes.)

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More about: Art, Arts & Culture, Fantasy, J. R. R. Tolkien, Rembrandt

Bernie Sanders Denounces AIPAC’s “Bigotry” after Headlining a Conference of Bigots

Feb. 27 2020

The Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has declared that he won’t attend the annual conference of the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), which begins this Sunday, because of the “platform [it] provides for leaders who express bigotry and oppose basic Palestinian rights.” While Sanders has no qualms about libeling AIPAC—until recently a regular stop for political candidates of both parties—he has never attended one of its gatherings. Last year, however, he was the speaker for the annual conference of the Islamic Society of North America, where, writes Asra Normani, no small amount of bigotry was given a platform:

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More about: AIPAC, Anti-Semitism, BDS, Bernie Sanders, Ilhan Omar, Linda Sarsour