Celebrating Judaism in the Face of Antisemitism

Deborah Lipstadt of Emory College has written a helpful new book chronicling the myriad forms of antisemitism. This is useful and necessary but not especially uplifting. In the book’s final chapter — Celebrating the Good in the Face of the Bad — Lipstadt cautions the reader not to focus on the negative. She explains (p. […]

Yale History Professor Puts the ‘Alt-Right’ in Historical Perspective

Yale history professor Timothy Snyder writing in The New York Times: When the supporters of the alt-right chant that “Jews will not replace us,” they recapitulate the Nazi idea of a world Jewry that stifles the master race and must therefore be removed from the planet. When they shout “Blood and soil,” they repeat a Nazi slogan […]

History: The Study of Human Cultures

Israeli History Professor Yuval Noah Harari defines physics, chemistry, biology and history at the very beginning of his 464-page book called “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind“: ABOUT 13.5 BILLION YEARS AGO, MATTER, energy, time and space came into being in what is known as the Big Bang. The story of these fundamental features of […]

Audiobook: “21 Lessons for the 21st Century”

Yuval Noah Harari is a history professor at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. But he’s no ordinary history professor. His current research focuses on big picture questions including: What’s the relationship between history and biology? Does history have a direction? Have people become happier over time? Harari does not tackle easy questions and always has something […]

International Travel Up 48 Fold Since 1950

[H]uman beings made more than 1.2 billion international trips in 2016 — versus 25 million in 1950. Seth Kugel Kugel was the Frugal Traveler columnist for the New York Times from 2010 to early 2016. He wrote about 50 countries during his tenure. His book entitled, “Rediscovering Travel: A Guide for the Globally Curious“, criticizes […]