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The riddle of antisemitism

Unravelling the long history of ‘why they hate the Jews’

14 October 2023

9:00 AM

14 October 2023

9:00 AM

Writing is the process by which we make sense of things; convert our disparate, chaotic thoughts and unrefined theories into clarity. This is why every Jewish writer will at one time turn their mind to the question of ‘why the Jews?’

Philip Roth believed it all began with The Merchant of Venice and the very first words that Shakespeare put on the lips of Shylock – ‘3,000 ducats’, referring to the currency of Venice.

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Alex Ryvchin is Co-CEO of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry. His new book is The Seven Deadly Myths – Antisemitism from the Time of Christ to Kanye West (Academic Studies Press)

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