Reckless Rites: Purim and the Legacy of Jewish Violence By Elliot Horowitz. Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2006, xiv + 340 pgs.
Reviewed by Mordecai Roshwald, University of Minnesota (Emeritus)
Mordecai Roshwald is professor emeritus of humanities at the University of Minnesota. He
has also held visiting professorships at universities in Israel, England, Canada, and Taiwan.
His works include most recently The Transient and the Absolute: An Interpretation of the Human
Condition and of Human Endeavor
(Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1999), Liberty: Its Meaning
(Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Presss, 2000), and The Half-Truths by Which We Live
(Frederick, Md.: PublishAmerica, 2006). He is also well known for his novel Level Seven
(London: Heinemann, 1959) which was translated into fourteen languages and adapted for
television by the BBC.
Volume 1, Number 5 (Fall 2006) pp. 623-646