Authors / Raphael Magarik
Raphael Magarik is an assistant professor of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
The Prophet with Eyes
In Olga Tokarczuk’s The Books of Jacob, based on the real life of a self-proclaimed Jewish messiah in 18th-century Poland, theological energy competes with the liberal novel’s finely wrought machinery.Raphael Magarik November 28, 2022
Meir Kahane’s Long Shadow
The far-right activist and politician died in disgrace, but Shaul Magid’s new book argues that his ideas have shaped mainstream American Judaism.Raphael Magarik November 24, 2021
Who Owns American Judaism?
Lila Corwin Berman’s new book traces the explosion of the American Jewish philanthropic sector over the past 70 years—and its corrosive effect on contemporary Jewish life.Raphael Magarik June 1, 2021
Slow Burn: Quarantine Edition
After a political rupture, rituals of repetition can attempt to restore normalcy—or throw it into question.Raphael Magarik March 12, 2021
Brexit Is Bad for the Jews
A Labour win is Britain’s best chance of staying in the European Union—a guard against far-right nationalism.Raphael Magarik December 4, 2019