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Shmuel Rosner

Shmuel Rosner is an Israeli columnist, editor, and researcher. He is the editor of the research and data-journalism website themadad.com, and is the political editor of the Jewish Journal.

Peter Fritzsche: Hitler’s First Hundred Days

Shmuel Rosner and Peter Fritzsche discuss his book: "Hitler's First Hundred Days: When Germans Embraced the Third Reich." Follow Shmuel Rosner on Twitter.

A Man of Peace (and Other Misdeeds)

In Israel, this attempt to erase the past because of sensitivities of the present has not yet taken hold.

David Sorkin: Jewish Emancipation

Shmuel Rosner and David Sorkin discuss his book: "Jewish Emancipation: A History Across Five Centuries." Follow Shmuel Rosner on Twitter.

Germany-Israel After Angela Merkel

Germany’s Chancellor, Angela Merkel visited Israel earlier this week, for a seventh time as Germany’s leader, for the last time in her official capacity.
James Traub

James Traub: On Judah Benjamin

Shmuel Rosner and James Traub discuss his book: "Judah Benjamin: Counselor to the Confederacy (Jewish Lives)." James Traub (born 1954) is an American journalist. He is...

This Isn’t About Kamala, It’s About America

I was sad to hear about Kamala Harris and the student incident. Not because I’m worried about the support for Israel, but because I’m worried about the state of America.

Sarah Stroumsa: Maimonides in His World

Shmuel Rosner and Sarah Stroumsa discuss her book, Maimonides in His World: Portrait of a Mediterranean Thinker (Jews, Christians, and Muslims from the Ancient...

A Hundred Days of Getting Used to Bennett

Bennett is a fresh face, he is a promise of a different future, he is a possible remedy for some of the ills that inflicted Israel in the last couple of years.
Andrew Pessin

Andrew Pessin: Nevergreen

Shmuel Rosner and Guest Andrew Pessin discuss campus cancel culture and his latest book: "Nevergreen", now out on amazon. Andrew Pessin is Professor of Philosophy at Connecticut College and...

What Did We Learn From Six Fugitives?

Three weeks ago, six Palestinian prisoners fled from an Israeli prison in a daring escape through a tunnel.

The Orthodox PM and Shabbat

For 2000 years and then some seventy more, the Jewish People did not have to worry about a Prime Minister who wants to observe the Shabbat according to halachic rules. That is, until Naftali Bennett became our PM. 
Donald M. Lewis

Donald M. Lewis: A Short History of Christian Zionism

Shmuel Rosner and Donald M.Lewis discuss his book: "A Short History of Christian Zionism: From the Reformation to the Twenty-First Century" (available to purchase...

Treating Arab Israelis

The change in dynamics of the political relations between Jews and Arabs in Israel is “the most fascinating aspect” of Israel’s politics today.
Joseph Meszler

Rabbi Joseph Meszler: A Special Rosh Hashana Episode

Shmuel Rosner and Rabbi Joseph Meszler discuss his book: "Readings from Tractate Rosh HaShanah in the Babylonian Talmud: A Personal Journey through the Holiday." Rabbi Joseph...

Rosner’s Domain: Proof of Adaptation

At the end of last year, attempting to summarize an eventful twelve months in a short 700-word article, I concluded with the following thoughts: “Proportion is essential. This was a challenging year; bad, but not the worst ever. With luck, when the pandemic is under control and the economy recovers, we might even remember it with bemusement and slight nostalgia: ‘Remember the year of the pandemic?’”.

Shaul Magid: Inside the life on Meir Kahane

Shmuel Rosner and Shaul Magid discuss Magid's latest book: "Meir Kahane: The Public Life and Political Thought of an American Jewish Radical Hardcover." Shaul Magid is...

When Bennett Meets Biden: Terms of Success

Naftali Bennett will be meeting President Joe Biden on Thursday, at the end of a long summer.

Uri Zvi Shachar: A Pious Belligerence

Shmuel Rosner and Uri Zvi Shachar discuss his latest book: A Pious Belligerence Dialogical Warfare and the Rhetoric of Righteousness in the Crusading Near East...

The Choice of the Third Vaccine

On Sunday morning, I took my third shot of the COVID-19 vaccine in slightly more than half a year.

Was Alexander Hamilton Jewish? Let’s Weigh the Evidence

Apparently, Hamilton was born a Jew.
Andrew Porwancher

Andrew Porwancher: The Jewish World of Alexander Hamilton

Shmuel Rosner and Andrew Porwancher discuss his book: "The Jewish World of Alexander Hamilton" (available to pre order). Andrew Porwancher is a Wick Carey associate...

Mood Swings: In Israel, a Pandemic’s Pandemic

Can we learn something from all of this? I think we can, and it is to moderate our tendency to respond with hype to all things.

The High Risk of Newly Appointed Warriors

It is often the newly-elected who make the most aggressive moves against an enemy, as not to be seen as weak.
Joel Kotkin

Joel Kotkin: Why American Jews Are Looking to Israel

Shmuel Rosner and Joel Kotkin discuss Kotkin's latest article for Tablet magazine, his book and more. Joel Kotkin is the presidential fellow in urban futures at...

Asking Who is a Jew is Asking Who We Are (So Come, Tell Us!)

Who is a Jew? Since the Jewish people did not start their long journey just yesterday, this is seemingly a question that should have been answered a long time ago

How to Read the NSO-Spyware-to-Saudi-Arabia Story

Does this mean a somewhat suspicious approach to the dramatic headlines is due? I’d say yes. Read with care, and remember that all such stories have context.
Noam Gidron

Noam Gidron: Exploring the Differences Between the Israeli and American Political Systems

Shmuel Rosner and Noam Gidron discuss how the differences between the Israeli and American political systems effect political and social polarization. Noam Gidron is a...

Netanyahu Evacuated “Balfour,” But is Still in Our Heads

And so, Netanyahu is out. Finally out.
Michael Caspe and Nathaniel Deutsch

Michael Caspe and Nathaniel Deutsch: A fortress in Brooklyn

Shmuel Rosner, Michael Caspe and Nathaniel Deutsch discuss their book: "A Fortress in Brooklyn: Race, Real Estate, and the Making of Hasidic Williamsburg." Nathaniel Deutsch is...

Rosner’s Torah Talk: Parshat Pinchas with Ayelet Pearl

Ayelet Pearl is a rabbinic student at the Academy for Jewish Religion and a Master’s candidate at City College of New York. She completed...