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The Uncivil Servant: The Fantasy of “Fantasyland”

IS AMERICA EXCEPTIONALLY ECCENTRIC? by Mitchell Abidor Discussed in this essay: Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire, by Kurt Andersen. Random House, 2017, 462 pages.   THE FANTASYLAND that is the subject of Kurt Andersen’s Fantasyland is, of course, America. And not just today’s alternative-fact America and its truth-challenged president, but America since its foundation. As Andersen writes: […]

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Is Social Democracy Un-American?

THE NEW DEAL AND THE GREAT SOCIETY IN RETROSPECT by Marc Jampole from the Summer 2016 issue of Jewish Currents Discussed in this essay: The Great Exception: The New Deal and the Limits of American Politics, by Jefferson Cowie. Princeton University Press, 2016, 438 pages. HISTORIAN JEFFERSON Cowie’s The Great Exception: The New Deal and […]

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Inherited Neuroses

by Ilana Masad Discussed in this essay: Inherited Disorders: Stories, Parables, and Problems, by Adam Ehrlich Sachs. Regan Arts, 2016, 272 pages. EVEN IF YOU didn’t assume that Adam Ehrlich Sachs is Jewish (and, I confess, I didn’t, and I still don’t know for certain, although his famous economist father, Jeffrey Sachs, is filed under […]

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Does Judaism Have Essential Beliefs?

by Rabbi Reba Carmel Discussed in this essay: The Basic Beliefs of Judaism: A Twenty first Century Guide to a Timeless Tradition, by Lawrence J. Epstein, Jason Aronson, 2013, 226 pages, and Unscrolled: 54 Writers and Artists Wrestle with the Torah, edited By Roger Bennett, Workman Publishers, 2013, 384 pages.   In 12th-century Egypt, the […]

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Ivan Klima’s Memoir: Where Are the Jews?

by Elaine Margolin Discussed in this essay: My Crazy Century by Ivan Klima. Grove Press, November, 2013, 576 pages. Upon first glance, 83-year-old Czech author and former political dissident Ivan Klima seems a bundle of contradictions. He has been known to be both feisty and impish in interviews, but also cynical and introspective and sometimes […]

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