Jews Surely Deserve a Potboiler Based on a Talmudic Legend

Nov. 26 2019

Like his previous nine novels, Steven Pressfield’s 36 Righteous Men is action-packed, ready-for-Hollywood genre fiction. But at the heart of the plot is the rabbinic tradition that at any given moment there are 36 righteous men in the world, whose identities are hidden. The twist: some powerful person is systematically killing them off, and Pressfield’s heroes must stop him. Adam Kirsch writes in his review:

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More about: Eschatology, Fiction, Global Warming, Talmud

Benny Gantz Should Be Praised for Compromising, Not Condemned for Capitulating

March 30 2020

After three inconclusive elections in a year’s time, Israel’s political stalemate seemed to come to an end last week when the leaders of the two largest parties—Benny Gantz and Benjamin Netanyahu—agreed to form a governing coalition together with some of the smaller parties. According to the deal, Netanyahu will serve as prime minister for eighteen months, after which he will be succeeded by Gantz. This compromise, paradoxically, has led to the breakup of Gantz’s Blue and White party, as two of its three constituent factions have refused to join the unity government. Their leaders have denounced Gantz for supposedly crumbling before Netanyahu, but Jonathan Tobin argues that he has acted bravely:

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More about: Benjamin Netanyahu, Benny Gantz, Israeli politics, Moshe Yaalon, Yair Lapid