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The Functions of Anti-Semitism

September 28, 2017 | By: Ruth Wisse

No ideology is as universally condemned in the United States as Nazism. It is the most potent symbol of evil in America, and Jews are its most identifiable victims. Yet, writes Ruth Wisse, the exclusive identification of anti-Semitism with Nazism obscures the true nature of the threats that today imperil the Jews people and the […]

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Press play below to listen to the podcast, download it in the iTunes Store, or stream it via Stitcher. Chapter 1: Sholem Aleichem and Tevye’s Origins Chapter 2: Tevye and His World Chapter 3: Tevye Meets Menachem Mendel Chapter 4: “Cheer Up and Have a Shot of Brandy!” Through its countless runs on the Broadway stage and in an award-winning film, […]

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Press play below to listen to the podcast, download it in the iTunes Store, or stream it via Stitcher. Using the essay “Innovation and Redemption: What Literature Means,” Ruth Wisse joins Eric Cohen to discuss the insights of famed literary critic, Cynthia Ozick. They ask if literature has a moral purpose, and observe how different approaches to the past […]

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Press play below to listen to the podcast, download it in the iTunes Store, or stream it via Stitcher.  Chapter 1: A Portrait of the Anti-Semite Chapter 2: The Weakness of the Democrat Chapter 3: Does the Jew Exist? Chapter 4: The Authentic Jew Chapter 5: See No Evil It may be the world’s oldest hatred, but anti-Semitism remains […]

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Press play below to listen to the podcast, download it in the iTunes Store, or stream it via Stitcher.  In this podcast, the Tikvah Fund’s Distinguished Senior Fellow, Ruth Wisse, joins Eric Cohen to discuss her 2015 Mosaic essay, “Anti-Semitism Goes to School.” Drawing on her experiences at Harvard University and elsewhere, Wisse argues that there has been […]

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