Yehudah Mirsky
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Purim
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.

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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.

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Reviews
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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