Another Trial for Shylock – NYTimes.com

 

Another Trial for Shylock - NYTimes.com

Another Trial for Shylock – NYTimes.com.

Each period of Israeli history seems to call out for a new “Merchant of Venice” — though no one ever seems happy with the result. Habima (which means “the stage”) gave the first Hebrew performance of “The Merchant of Venice” in 1936, 12 years before the founding of Israel, in what was then Mandate Palestine…

 

Israel, uniquely among nations, suffers from being turned into a synecdoche — of the part being taken for the whole.

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