Yehudah Mirsky
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Looking for Wisdom in a Deranged Palace

The story of Purim begins with a debauched, bloody-minded despot and ends with a triumph of solidarity. A tale of Persia in the time of the Second Temple, it resonates today.

The Longest Hatred
The New Jewish Question

As Trump’s election and its aftermath show, Jews still play a role in the passion plays of others.

The Religious Fate of Secular Liberation

Michael Walzer struggles to explain the failure of secular liberation movements to overcome the religious cultures of the liberated.

Mud-Slinging for the Sake of Heaven: Religion and Politics in Today’s Israel

Religion and politics are never far apart in the Promised Land, but a new intra-religious civil war with a characteristically Israeli mix of high-octane ideology and gutter-level politicking has lately been grabbing the headlines. Unseemly as the whole thing is, the conflict has at least one virtue: It is laying some fundamental questions of commitment […]

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