The Jewish Families Who Helped Shape Modern China

In his book The Last Kings of Shanghai, Jonathan Kaufman tells the story of two Jewish families who helped open China to international trade, making fortunes in the process. Sarah Abrevaya Stein sums up their rise in her review:

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More about: China, Refugees, Sephardim

Reclaiming Secular Zionism’s Religiosity

Feb. 24 2021

A recent article in an Israeli political journal argued that anyone who wishes to revive Israel’s moribund left must stay true to its secular heritage and “take a stand against both religion and religious people.” But to Gershon Hacohen this claim rests on a profound misunderstanding. While it is true that David Ben-Gurion and other early leaders of the Zionist left were secular insofar as they were agnostic and did not observe halakhah, their ideology was deeply enmeshed with the Hebrew Bible and Jewish traditions:

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More about: David Ben-Gurion, History of Zionism, Labor Zionism, Religious Zionism