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Reuters is much underrated as a news source. Smithsonian magazine is very good too.


German has held a momentous and multifaceted place in the modern history of European Jews. It was at once a pathway to secular knowledge, a language of Jewish religious reforms, a marker of Central European Jewish emancipation, and an esteemed global language of modern culture. These attributes cont…



In this Montefiore Lecture, the University of Oxford’s Professor Alison Salvesen discusses the role Hebrew scholarship played in the development of the early Church, even as the latter began to embrace an early form of anti-Semitism. (And some decidedly fake monasteries.) …