22 11, 2020

Was Chaucer an anti-Semite?

By |2020-11-22T05:16:52-07:00November 22nd, 2020|Book Reviews, Thoughts|

Jews have suffered much by being persecuted by people who hated them. Were these people anti-Semites? Or was there something else that caused the hatred? Let’s look at one example. One of the tales that is told in Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales” is the controversial story told by a prioress called “The Prioress’s Tale.” [...]

1 11, 2017

An anti-Semitic book that influenced Dracula

By |2017-11-01T06:29:51-07:00November 1st, 2017|Book Reviews, Thoughts|

  Trilby is a good novel with many flaws. One is that the author, George Du Maurier, the grandfather of the romantic novelist Dame Daphne Du Maurier (1907-1981), placed French sayings, parts of conversations, and even significant sentences and paragraphs in French, several times on every single page of his tale, making it impossible for [...]

29 10, 2017

Did Martin Luther influence Nazi anti-Semitism?

By |2017-10-29T07:31:45-07:00October 29th, 2017|Thoughts|

  October 31 marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation started by Martin Luther (1498-1501) who many scholars maintain inspired Nazi anti-Semitism. The October 1, 2017 article in Florida’s Sun Sentinel newspaper on Luther includes the following disturbing paragraph. “‘It is clear that Martin Luther himself was an anti-Semite by the end of his [...]

15 10, 2017

Was Dracula Jewish as some people seem to claim?

By |2017-10-15T04:38:16-07:00October 15th, 2017|Thoughts|

  As I watched and otherwise enjoyed the classical 1931 “Dracula” film starring Bela Lugosi, one scene repeated several times, disturbed me. I’m not sure of the meaning of what I saw. In the beginning of the film, when Dracula is first introduced to viewers, we see him wearing an oversized necklace with the star [...]

14 11, 2014

The first ant-Semite was a Semite

By |2014-11-14T08:00:13-07:00November 14th, 2014|Thoughts|

  This is a draft of my and others interpretation of Esther chapter 3 which I hope to publish in 2015 as "Unusual Bible Interpretations: Ruth, Esther, and Judith."                                                                             Chapter 3                                                    The first ant-Semite was a Semite   Sometime between Ahasuerus’ seventh year as king, when he chose Esther as [...]

15 08, 2014

Anti-Semitism

By |2014-08-19T09:35:11-07:00August 15th, 2014|Book Reviews|

                                                                          Review by Israel Drazin                                                                       Some of My Best Friends A Journey through Twenty-First Century Anti-Semitism By Ben Cohen Edition Critic, 2014, 215 pages ISBN 978-3-981-4548-9-5   Ben Cohen is a specialist on Jewish and international affairs and has written articles for the Wall Street Journal, Commentary, Haaretz, Tablet, and many other publications. He [...]