In the Jewish Review of Books, the living caricature Leon Wieseltier, late of TNR, writes on “The Argumentative Jew“:
The Jewish tradition—the tradition of the argumentative Jew—is a long and great challenge to the consensualist mentality. It repudiates, sometimes in theory, always in practice, the cult of unanimity. It displays an almost erotic relationship to controversy.
Stereotypes about Jews don’t appear to be stereotypes… when written about by Jews themselves.