How the Russian Revolution Transformed East European Jewry

The 1917 revolution brought economic collapse to all of the tsar’s former subjects. Meanwhile, various combatants in the ensuing civil war—and the nascent Soviet Union’s war with Poland—targeted Jews in particular, leaving some 150,000 dead. Yet, paradoxically, this period was also one of liberation, as Jews were freed from age-old legal restrictions and saw new opportunities. Following World War II, without these new freedoms being revoked, official Soviet anti-Semitism became the norm. In a concise but sweeping lecture, Samuel Kassow tells the story of the revolutionary years and the decades that followed.

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More about: Anti-Semitism, East European Jewry, History & Ideas, Russian Jewry, Soviet Jewry, World War I

 

Distrust of the Supreme Court Led Likud Voters to Rally around Netanyahu

Jan. 17 2020

A few weeks ago, Benjamin Netanyahu handily won the Likud party’s primary election, receiving 72 percent of the votes. He won despite the fact that he is facing indictments on corruption charges that could interfere with his ability to govern if he remains Israel’s premier, and despite the credible challenge mounted by his opponent, Gideon Sa’ar. Evelyn Gordon credits the results not to love of Netanyahu but to resentment of Israel’s overweening Supreme Court:

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More about: Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli politics, Israeli Supreme Court