Catholic Zionism, an unsettling sci-fi novel, and more
It's Moshe, Mosaic's assistant editor, closing out the week with our latest, including our big September essay, a disturbing sci-fi novel, and, as usual, a podcast.
The rise of Catholic Zionism
When most people think about Christian Zionism, they think about evangelicals and Protestants. Perhaps no more: in our September essay, the scholar of Catholic theology Gavin D'Costa traces a new evolution toward Zionism in Catholic thought. D'Costa locates the origins of this new species in the Second Vatican Council, when the Church began officially to correct for centuries of anti-Semitism. Since then, the trend has both deepened and expanded.
What if shape-shifting Jews achieved world domination?
That's the premise of an unsettling new sci-fi novel by a major British science-fiction writer.
In his review, Michael Weingrad visits an alternate history in which Jewish "Bundists" use technology to turn themselves into super-human shape-shifters who quickly establish world dominance. These classic anti-Semitic tropes may (or may not) have been unintentional, but the novel still leaves our reviewer deeply disturbed.
If it's Friday, it's "rock shabbat"
From showcasing Israeli music to hosting a "rock shabbat," American synagogues (even Orthodox ones) are actively seeking new ways of attracting congregants. Are these methods effective, though? Jack Wertheimer, a leading observer of American Jewish life, joins our podcast to tell us.
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