The dream of the prophets is not for conquest, power, or wealth. The dream of the prophets is of peace. A civilized society does not live by the sword, but by principles of justice, and those principles require a clear and careful articulation. Words do create worlds.

— Susannah Heschel, from "Palin Cries ‘Blood Libel’: Can Words Harm Us?" in Religion Dispatches.

The professor of Jewish Studies at Darmouth College and daughter of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel traces the history of the phrase “blood libel” and the danger of using the “anti-Semitic canard” in the current politically-charged climate.

by Trent Gilliss, senior editor

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