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Weekly Roundup - 4/30/23

This week: In a series of letters first published in the Rest issue, managing editor Nathan Goldman and culture editor Claire Schwartz consider how nothing—as the most radical form of negation—might guide us out of the obstinate fixity of the world as it is. Alisa Solomon examines the current revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window, a production that captures the playwright’s wry rejection of political nihilism.

From the newsletter, senior reporter Alex Kane explores the implications of House minority leader Hakeem Jeffries’s most recent trip to Israel. And executive editor Nora Caplan-Bricker talks with Jewish Currents contributors Madeleine Schwartz and Linda Kinstler, who recently launched The Dial, a magazine that seeks to enrich global dialogue by publishing writers working outside of the anglosphere and whose third issue focuses on reparations.

In a new episode of On The Nose, editor-in-chief Arielle Angel talks with Rori Picker Neiss, the head of the Jewish Community Relations Council of St. Louis and the parent of a trans child, about the nationwide assault on trans rights, how her Jewish community has responded to such attacks, and what it’s like talking to legislators who are trying to harm her child.

The Nothing Letters
What might bloom in non-being?
Nathan Goldman and Claire Schwartz
Who’s Afraid of Absurdity?

A revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s last play, The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window, captures its author’s wry rejection of political nihilism.

Alisa Solomon
Another Trip to Israel for Hakeem Jeffries
As other Democrats level criticism at Israel’s judicial overhaul plan, the House minority leader is doubling down on his relationship with the Jewish state.
Alex Kane
“The World’s Little Magazine”

A conversation with the editors of The Dial.

Nora Caplan-Bricker
Fighting Anti-Trans Legislation in Missouri

Editor-in-chief Arielle Angel speaks with Rori Picker Neiss about what it's like to advocate for a trans child in a red state.