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The History Behind The Myth Of 'Blood Libel'

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 11.20.2014 | Religion

The ‘Splainer (as in “You’ve got some ‘splaining to do”) is an occasional feature in which Kimberly Winston and other RNS staff give you eve...

Friday Talking Points -- Congress Briefly Interrupts 3-Month Vacation to 'Work'

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Congress followed up their recent five-week vacation with almost two whole weeks of actually doing their jobs, so to reward themselves they're now going to take off on another vacation. Until mid-November.

Shylock and Ponzi Schemers

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Robert David Jaffee

For many, the name, Shylock, conjures all the vicious lies, caricatures and tropes of Jews that pervaded Europe for centuries. It reminds Jews like me that there are hatemongers out there who truly believe that we Jews control international finance.

Joe Biden: Shakespearean Wordsmith

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Robert David Jaffee

By invoking Shylock, the villain of The Merchant of Venice, Biden trafficked in one of the most insidious stereotypes about Jews, that the people of the book are unethical money lenders.

Joe Biden Apologizes For Using Term Some Deem Offensive Toward Jews

The Huffington Post | Alex Lazar | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics

Vice President Joe Biden apologized on Wednesday for using the term "Shylocks," which some Jews deem offensive, in a Tuesday speech for the Legal Serv...

Santa Monica's Broad Stage Offers The Merchant of Venice With an Academy Award-Winning Actor. (No, It's Not Pacino)

Jay Weston | Posted 05.29.2011 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

With all of the attention which Pacino's portrayal of Shylock recently received in NYC, theatergoers are still talking about another production which played concurrently to extraordinary reviews.

'Shylock' Al Pacino Stunningly Good In 'Merchant'

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — Though he appears in only a handful of scenes, Shylock in "The Merchant of Venice" is perhaps William Shakespeare's most thorny chara...

Broadway's Merchant of Venice Re-Ignites My Jewish Identity Crisis

James Sims | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
James Sims

Had Shylock been a person's first exposure to a Jew, should they be crucified for thinking he was a devilish creature?

Predator Drones: Bin Laden's Best Friends

Bruce Fein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Fein

The United States should have anticipated the predator drone blow-back. The 1770 Boston Massacre occasioned but five American deaths, but engendered colonial hatred of the British that cascaded throughout the colonies.

Brush up Your Shakespeare! (VIDEOS)

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

Shakespeare's plays have been the stuff of inspiration for playwrights, composers, and film directors. Here are a few of the best and worst attempts to re-imagine the Bard.

Bernard Madoff Didn't Just Hurt Jews: He Was an Equal Opportunity Swindler

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Russnow

Why should Jews be any more surprised that one of their own is less than honorable? Are we not subject to the same failings of other humans?