• November 10, 2018

    The 80th Anniversary of Kristallnacht is a somber reminder

    Back in the day when world events still had the capacity to shock, Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass) -- its 80th anniversary commemorated Friday and Saturday -- was a clear foreshadowing of events that led to the Holocaust.

    Genocides, after all, don't occur overnight. The fraying of civilization happens first. During these two days of anti-Semitic rioting in 1938 in Austria and Germany, more than 100 Jews were killed, and 267 synagogues and more than 7,000 Jewish businesses were destroyed.

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  • August 1, 2018

    Cynicism in Cinema: Contemporary legal films shift away from lawyers as righteous heroes

    ABA Journal

    Like all forms of love, even the ones projected on screens eventually fade. What distinguishes American cinema from the same art form elsewhere has always been the proverbial, and even more predictable, happy ending. Americans have traditionally shown little interest in movies that end on a sad note. And they downright despise when a film fades to black, the final credits appear, and the audience is left not knowing how to feel.

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  • May 24, 2018

    Roth and the Anxiety of Influence

    Jewish Week

    Philip Roth was the Jewish man of letters who reinvented the alphabet of literary fiction, all the while disclaiming that he was even a Jewish writer.

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  • May 16, 2018

    Why Gaza is no Selma

    Despite a culture of innovation that has mastered high-tech and even produced a Wonder Woman, Israel is not often the envy of other nations. It is a perpetual target — especially when it comes to its own self-defense. 


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  • April 24, 2018

    Every Generation Needs to Bomb Auschwitz

    Jewish Week (with Rafael Medoff)

    "Bombing Auschwitz” has become a metaphorical catchphrase for the moral test that the Free World failed during World War II — and then failed all over again during several other genocides that blighted the post-Holocaust world ever since. Had the Allies bombed the gas chambers and crematoria — or at least the railway lines leading to Auschwitz — the Nazi killing machine would have been interrupted. Many Jews likely would have survived. And the Allies would have delivered an unmistakable message that preventing mass murder was a vision they wished for the world that survived.


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