The Merchant of Venice" is an exceedingly difficult play to pull off in modern times, for there is no way to depict Shylock without the penumbra of antisemitism. But despite that historical antisemitism, Shylock does represent some of the real dilemma of the modern Jew. He represents the sameness - "When you prick us, do we not bleed?", but also the difference ''I will walk with you ... but I will not eat with you, drink with you, nor pray with you.'' So Shylock teaches -- there are still boundaries, and the boundaries are perilous.