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David Gelernter

David Gelernter

David Gelernter is an American artist, writer, and professor of computer science at Yale University.

The huge cultural authority science has acquired over the past century imposes large duties on every scientist. Scientists have acquired the power to impress and...

The following is from our November issue. Forty-one symposium contributors were asked to respond to the question: Are you optimistic or pessimistic about America’s future? _____________ The...

Jews can be oversensitive, as any man might who’s been set upon by thugs and nearly killed once a year for a whole lifetime. You...

Jews can be oversensitive, as any man might who’s been set upon by thugs and nearly killed once a year for a whole lifetime. You...

You know why I am sitting at my typewriter in this Montevideo hotel room with its dirty rug & air heavy with dead cigar...

Hillel Halkin, eminent author and Zionist thinker, blogged recently about an “enthusiastic article” in the Forward on “eco-Judaism” and Judaism’s (alleged) latent sympathy for environmentalism. I...

In an ongoing, multi-part series called Blogging the Bible on Slate, David Plotz offers comments on his first reading of large parts of the Hebrew...

Anti-Americanism has blossomed frantically in recent years. Nearly the whole world seems to be pock-marked with lesions of hate. Some of this hatred focuses on...

This year marks the 350th anniversary of the American Jewish community: in September 1654, 23 Sephardi Jews arrived in New Amsterdam from Recife, Brazil. The...

“Yup, the girl is Ada Landau.” Then he turned the photo over and looked at the back: Saul Sharfstein and Ada, Swan House, April 1940,...

Art: A New History by Paul Johnson HarperCollins. 777 pp. $39.95 Paul Johnson’s Art: A New History is not so much a book as a sparring partner. It...

The Rebbe’s Army: Inside the World of Chabad-Lubavitch by Sue Fishkoff Schocken. 352 pp. $26.00 Sue Fishkoff’s book shows us a religious movement in action—one of the most...