Stephen Hawking, the brilliant physicist much in the news of late, has issued a warning about artificial intelligence that echoes the lesson of an ancient Jewish legend, writes a Yeshiva University Talmud professor.
Every culture has its superstitions and its supermen: the German imp, the South African giant Abiyoyo, the golem of Jewish lore, and the jinni of Arabic mythology. What if, during one of America’s great waves of immigration, 2 of these mythic creatures collided? That’s what happens in The Golem and the Jinni, Helene Wecker‘s compulsively readable debut novel. At the junction of 19th-century […]