The Great Italian Jewish Bible Commentator Who Drew on Jewish and Gentile Scholarship Alike

June 22 2021

Although Samuel David Luzzatto (1800-1865) was undoubtedly Italy’s leading Jewish scholar in his day, his commentary on the Pentateuch—which was only published after his death—is still rarely studied. Until recently, it was difficult to find a serviceable edition in the original Hebrew, let alone a useful English translation. Martin Lockshin thus praises Daniel A. Klein’s translation-in-progress for remedying the latter problem. In his review, he surveys Luzzatto’s accomplishments:

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More about: Biblical commentary, Italian Jewry, Jewish studies, Jewish Thought

 

An American Diplomatic Mission to the Palestinian Authority Doesn’t Belong in Jerusalem

July 28 2021

After the U.S. moved its embassy to Israel’s capital, it closed down its consulate in the city because the new embassy had subsumed its functions. But two months ago, the State Department announced that it intends to reopen the consulate, which will function as a mission to the Palestinian Authority. Elliott Abrams and Amanda Rothschild write:

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More about: Jerusalem, Joseph Biden, Palestinian Authority, U.S. Foreign policy, US-Israel relations