-Joseph Epstein provides a comprehensive and generally favorable review of the PBS documentary â€œThe Jewish Americans.â€? (National Endowment for the Humanities)
-The editor of a Jewish community monthly magazine in Vienna â€œwho brought the wrath of Austriaâ€™s right-wing forces upon himself after accusing an Austrian professor of defaming Jewsâ€? is acquitted of causing the professorâ€™s suicide. (Baltimore Jewish Times)
–An appreciation of recently deceased Russian historian Rashid Kaplanov, who explored subjects as diverse as the Karaites of the Black Sea region, the Karaims, a sect of Jewish origin in Lithuania, and â€œthe conversion to the Russian Orthodox church of Sephardic Jews in 18th-century Moscowâ€? and â€œthe intellectual resurgence of Jewish culture among the remnants of communities almost destroyed by the Nazis and the Communists.â€? (The Times Online)
-Jay Michaelson on Psychedelics and the Future of Spirituality. (Jewcy)
–The issue of mesira, or informing, â€œhas prompted a round of collective soul-searching in segments of Los Angeles’ Jewish community.â€? (Forward)
-And Allan Nadler takes a deep look at the â€œviolent hatred, especially within Hasidic culture, for informants.â€? (Forward)
Pronounced: khah-SID-ik, Origin: Hebrew, a stream within ultra-Orthodox Judaism that grew out of an 18th-century mystical revival movement.
Pronounced: seh-FAR-dik, Origin: Hebrew, describing Jews descending from the Jews of Spain.