A Brief Life of Rashi, Bible Commentator and Talmudic Scholar Extraordinaire

July 13 2015

The anniversary of the death of Rabbi Solomon ben Isaac (known by the acronym Rashi) is thought to fall later this week. The historian Henry Abramson tells the story of Rashi’s life and scholarship. (Video, about 5 minutes):

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More about: Biblical commentary, History & Ideas, Jewish history, Middle Ages, Rashi, Talmud

The Attack on the Colleyville Synagogue and the Battle of Narratives

Jan. 21 2022

In the aftermath of high-profile, violent incidents in the U.S., there is virtually always a national attempt to blame one or the other major political party. Dominic Green, considering the recent hostage-taking at a Colleyville, Texas synagogue, notes that while political discussions of this type may not matter much to the victims of any given attack, they have an invidious effect on our politics. For Jewish parents worried about whether to send their kids to school, he suggests,

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More about: American Jewry, Anti-Semitism, U.S. Politics