I thank Mr. Berman for his letter. As the title of my column indicates, these are brief reviews. In the short space allocated for this book, I attempted to summarize the book’s main arguments using the author’s own words as much as possible to avoid accusations of exaggeration and misrepresentation. I believe that this brief discussion offers readers an idea of what is discussed in the book and how it is perceived by at least some readers. I am surprised that Mr. Berman does not consider that sufficient for a “legitimate review” unless he disagrees with the entire concept of a brief review, which is a fairly standard feature in magazines and journals. While I am happy to write at length on the subject, this column is not the forum for such an exercise.
This article was featured in the Spring 2013 issue of Jewish Action.