The Jew-Turned-Christian Who Became a Great Defender of Judaism’s Rationality

In 1391, a horrifying wave of pogroms swept through Spain, leaving tens of thousands of Jews dead, and many others forcibly converted to Christianity. Among the latter was Profayt Duran of Perpignan, who took the name Honoratus de Bonafide and embarked on a successful career as court astrologer to the king of Aragon. But Duran—an accomplished rabbinic scholar, polymath, and author of a commentary on Maimonides’ Guide of the Perplexed—continued to write in Hebrew under the pseudonym Efod, and produced a number of works on Jewish theology, Hebrew grammar, and biblical exegesis, as well as two anti-Christian polemics. Duran’s life and work are the subject of Maud Kozodoy’s The Secret Faith of Maestre Honoratus. Eric Lawee writes in his review:

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More about: Christianity, History & Ideas, Judaism, Rationalism, Sephardim, Spain

The War in Yemen Will End When the Houthis Are Defeated

Oct. 22 2021

The Biden administration took office with promises to “end” the civil war in Yemen and ease the humanitarian crisis there. And so it has reduced U.S. assistance to the Saudi-led Arab coalition that has been supporting the country’s pre-2015 government against the Iran-backed Houthi rebels, and pressured Riyadh to scale down its military efforts. By doing so, Washington hopes it will encourage the two sides to negotiate a compromise, rather than simply encourage the Houthis to keep fighting until they conquer the whole country. Oved Lobel argues that this entire line of thinking is based on a fundamental misapprehension of the situation:

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More about: Anti-Semitism, Iran, Joseph Biden, Saudi Arabia, U.S. Foreign policy, Yemen