In A History of Judaism, the scholar Martin Goodman attempts to compress his vast subject into a single volume. He does so with no small degree of success, writes Rivkah Fishman-Duker, who sees the book as a bold deviation from academics’ current allergy to writing broad, useful surveys of the subjects they study:
A Recent History of Judaism Offers an Important Corrective to Academic Deconstructionists
The Woman behind a Notorious Suicide Bombing Walks Free. Will America See That She Is Punished?
On August 9, 2001, Ahlam Tamimi and Izz al-Din Shuheil al-Masri traveled from the West Bank to Jerusalem, where Masri detonated himself in a Sbarro’s pizzeria, killing seven children and eight adults, and injuring scores. When the two passed through an Israeli checkpoint earlier that day, they appeared to be a young couple; had Masri been alone, police almost certainly would have stopped him and discovered the deadly bomb in his guitar case. Tamimi was arrested shortly thereafter and sentenced to life in prison. Ten years later, she was among the 1,027 Palestinian prisoners exchanged for the captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. She now resides in Jordan.