About the Author

William Kolbrener

William Kolbrener earned an MA from Oxford University and a PhD from Columbia University; he is currently a professor in the Department of English Literature at Bar Ilan University in Israel. An internationally renowned authority on Renaissance poetry and philosophy and the eighteenth-century proto-feminist Mary Astell, Kolbrener also publishes and lectures widely on Jewish life and learning. He is the author of Open Minded Torah.

My Favorite Child

In a world that fantasizes about perfection, Shmuel did not meet any one’s expectations.

The Big Game: Baseball and the Jews

Like baseball, the ups and downs of Jewish history are strands of one larger story.

Poetry of Repentance

An English Professor discovers the poetry of the soul.

Making Exceptions

Baseless hatred stems from hating others for what we fear may be true about ourselves.

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