Baruch Spinoza, born November 24, 1632 and died February 21, 1677.
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ADAM KIRSCH has earned a considerable reputation in the United States as a poet, literary critic and journalist writing for Tablet, an online magazine of Jewish news, ideas and culture. Just 41 years old, he is a polymath and prolific author whose thoughtful and ubiquitous analyses explore a wide array of topics, from a page of the Talmud to fine points of literary theory. “The People and the Books: 18 Classics of Jewish Literature” is his latest work.It might not be his most consequential. That is not, however, because of the work’s lack of cleverness, or even discernment.