HISTORY

Looters of Learning

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The Nazis set out to destroy the literary legacy of Jews and other 'undesirables.' But they were also eager to learn from them

A Traitor in Budapest

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Rudolf Kasztner, a celebrated rescuer of his fellow Jews in WWII, was not a hero but an unscrupulous Nazi collaborator

Zion in the Taiga

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The Stalinist project of building a Jewish homeland in the Russian Far East didn’t turn out well for local Jews. No surprise there

Hitler's Vile Cretins

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In power the Nazi war criminals were masters of life and death for millions. In captivity they were petty and pathetic

Lines in the Sand

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A new book serves as a corrective to the popular view that all the ills of the Middle East are the fault of Zionists and Western imperialists

Stasis of Belligerence

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The Arab-Israeli conflict has never really been about land; it has been about ideology and religion

The Swastika and the Crescent

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The Nazis went all out in courting Muslims during the war. The malignant legacy of their efforts is still with us

Hitler's Harpies

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After WWII, German women were depicted as having been victims of the Third Reich. In fact, many of them played integral parts in war crimes

Knee-Jerk Anti-Zionism

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Jews have played a vital role in the history of the political left from the beginning. But that hasn't been a boon to the Jewish state. Quite the opposite

Jerusalem the Bloody

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In the Holy City’s long and topsy-turvy history piety was never far away from bigotry and bloodshed

The Kaiser’s Jihad

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Wilhelm II’s ill-starred attempt to reshape the Middle East sowed the seeds of fanaticism and mayhem

Captivated by the Scrolls

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A scholar’s lifelong fascination with the ancient documents found in caves at the Dead Sea is a testament to their enduring appeal

Blood Money

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A German chemical giant’s willingness to aid the Nazis led to healthy profits and mass murder

Space Über Alles

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A German rocket scientist behind the US space program had plenty of skeletons in his closet from his wartime role

Defending the Harlot Queen

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Jezebel, Jezebel you shameless “painted harlot,” thy name is one with vice, treachery and depravity. Wanton lust, too. But should it be?

‘You Were Born to Die for Germany’

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The Nazis’ brutal policies claimed the lives of 13 million children during WWII

Hitler Strikes Again... in Print

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The Fuhrer treats us to another round of his noxious rants in his 'Second Book.' It's 'Mein Kampf' all over again

Smelted Away

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A train, laden with the looted wealth of Jewish victims of the Holocaust, disappeared into the night

RELIGION

Desperately Seeking God

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After his spiritual quest, an American author ends up being as wracked by doubt as he was at the outset. Who can blame him?

In Defense of Unreason

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In propagating her case for God, a religious scholar leaves us none the wiser with her mishmash of erudition and obscurantism

Compromising Faith

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Religions become more tolerant not through revelation from on high but through peacemeal moral progress

The Ark Continent

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A British scholar claims to have located the elusive biblical relic in a museum in Africa. I won’t buy it

The Bible Revisited

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How Jewish and Christian ideas of the Bible evolved over three millennia, for better or worse

Apes and the Origins of Religion

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How an apelike creature – us – developed into a species that sings the praise of God

What Would Moses Do?

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Doing the right thing should be its own reward. That’s what Moses would say, a rabbi insists

Paul the Turncoat

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The 'Apostle to the Gentiles' turned an obscure Jewish movement into a global faith. Should we be grateful? (Hint: no)

Throwing the Book at the Church

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Daniel Goldhagen’s insistence that the swastika over Auschwitz was just a crooked cross isn’t borne out by the evidence

Defending Islam

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An imam fudges certain tenets of his faith in an effort to prove that Islam needs no reformation

SOCIETY AND POLITICS

Mind Games

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The storied friendship of Israel’s two most famous psychologists can make for an arresting tale. Or a bit of a mess

Enemies of the State

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Virulent denunciations of Israel by Jews have a long and sordid history. The denigrators may have changed, but the slanders haven't

When David Became Goliath

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The relentless campaign to recast Israel as a mighty Goliath places it in grave danger. That's just how its enemies like it

Loathing Zion Liberally

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How has much of the political left gone from opposing anti-Semitism to actively encouraging it by demonizing the Jewish state?

A Superhero from the Shtetl

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Thanks to Superman's teenage creators, underneath the Man of Steel's impeccably WASP-ish exterior lurks a distinctly Jewish persona

The Sixth Pillar: Jew Hatred

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Israel has become a central element in a collective obsessional delusion across the Muslim world. That has not been much to the latter's benefit

The Guided Jewish Tour

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An American travel writers journeys from Vietnam to Tahiti to Cuba. That's an enviable itinerary. Alas, he fails to take us along for the ride

Not So Kosher in China

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In a lighthearted fish-out-of-water tale an innocent abroad finds himself in turns puzzling over cultural oddities and being exasperated by them

Hostile Europe

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The Old Continent is a morally spent force, now bashing Israel, now appeasing Islamist supremacists

Anger Management

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Israel’s anti-terror tactics have not always been salutary. But they haven’t been all that unjustified, either

Rites of Passage

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A Jewish scholar reflects on his lifelong quest to find meaning in oriental mysticism and reconcile it with his ancestral faith

A Loon with a View

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Most terrorists aren’t crazy, poor, or all that desperate. And defeating them will take a good while yet

The Artist as a Vile Man

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This tale of a creative man with no scruples seeks to show what happens when career trumps conscience. Too bad, the book doesn’t work

Houdini’s Secrets

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The great magician’s life was even more secretive and mysterious than we thought

Wandering Jew

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An American author sets out in search of the spiritual roots of Judaism by travelling to God’s birthplace