p style="text-align: justify;">New York—Last week, 10 Senate Democrats who had persistently expressed concern over President Barack Obama’s concessionary policy toward Iran over its nuclear weapons program, announced via a letter to the President that they would desist from seeking to pass new legislation to reimpose sanctions in the event of a failure of
According to a new poll, the overwhelming majority of Palestinian Arabs believes that Israel carried out the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. Although, at first blush, one might be tempted to chuckle and turn the page, the poll is not merely a curiosity. It has significant implications for the chances for Middle East peace.
Many religious Jews today ask rabbis life questions—whom to marry, where to live, what career path to follow—and take their answers as authoritative rulings. In one sense, the modern world is based on autonomy, independent choice. Submission to a rabbi’s authority on these major decisions is a wholesale rejection of the modern
David Hume and Samuel Johnson were two of the greatest exemplars of 18 thCentury Enlightenment. Hume, the preeminent thinker of the Scottish Enlightenment, altered the course of Western thought through his penetrating philosophical writings. And Johnson, the subject of James Boswell’s legendary Life of Samuel Johnson,
In a Blue Bloods episode, Tom Selleck in the role of New York Police Commissioner Frank Reagan, must confront a good friend on the force, anxious for a promotion, and who once saved his life, but has been cooking the books in order to improve the statistics for fighting violent crime in his precinct. In a painful exchange the Commissioner
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Once every four to eight years Jews in the Diaspora have the opportunity to vote for the future directions and programs of the World Zionist Organization (WZO) and the Jewish Agency. The WZO determines the structure of the Jewish Agency, the
Brandeis University, like many other academic institutions, is experiencing a wave of vicious, irrational and extremist hatred of Israel, the nation state of the Jewish people, and Zionism, which is the national liberation movement of the Jewish people. On many campuses, anti-Israel zealots among the faculty often misuse the
“How can I refer to myself as a Religious Zionist when I reside in the United States?” I am sure that many of us occasionally ask ourselves this question. For, if we are honest with ourselves, we must admit that, despite our plans to “ultimately” make aliyah, those plans won’t be actualized in the near future.
It’s no secret that Israel’s supporters are facing difficult times on America’s college campuses. And it’s no secret that anti-Israel rhetoric has a way of morphing into antisemtic rhetoric. But sometimes I sense that American Jews feel that our need to defend and support Israel excuses us from being concerned about other
As a full time Bnei Akiva employee, I spend much of my time jetting back and forth between Israel and the United States. On every trip, I encounter interesting and passionate individuals who are committed to both their Judaism and the State of Israel.
These individuals are leaders in our Zionist youth
In my 18 years in the rabbinate I have seen and learned a tremendous amount about human behavior. I often say that my job allows me to see people at their very best and at their very worst, plus the whole gamut in between.
Perhaps the most powerful experience I deal with regularly is what
Some people see a split occurring within Modern Orthodox Judaism between those who adopt a more lenient religious interpretation and those who are stricter. I think they have it wrong. Yes, a split is happening, but it is not primarily about beliefs or stringency in practice. It is about temperament, how we view the world, whether we are