Judaism Articles

Jewish Academics Turn Against Hillel

7:30 AM, Jan 19, 2016
The enemies of Israel neither slumber nor sleep. They include not only the technically competent barbarians of Iran, exuberantly aggressive with the prospect of nuclear weapons and the $150 billion “signing bonus" paid them for signing a sham agreement with America; not only Iran's proxies to the north (Hezbollah) and the south (Hamas); not only most of the surrounding Arab nations, including at least two Palestinian states; not only its own Arab citizens waging a third intifada; and not only those Europeans whose main regret over the Holocaust is that, for a time, it gave anti-Semitism a bad name. Read more

Kerry's Magic: Making the Jewish Victims Disappear

9:59 AM, Jan 09, 2016
Secretary of State John Kerry has done it again: even more foolish and offensive statements about the terrorist attacks in Paris a year ago. Read more

Our Iranian Interlocutor

Ali Khamenei’s dark obsession with Jews and Israel
Sep 28, 2015

Antisemitism has never been an easy subject for America’s foreign-policy establishment. Read through State Department telegrams and Central Intelligence Agency operational and intelligence cables on the Middle East and you will seldom find it discussed, even though Jew-hatred—not just anti-Zionism—has been a significant aspect, if not a core component, of modern Arab nationalism, Islamic fundamentalism, and what usually passes for critical thought among sophisticated Arab elites. 

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John Kerry Recognizes Islamic Holidays, Largely Silent on Christian and Jewish Occasions

7:12 AM, Apr 09, 2015

Secretary of State John Kerry has often spoken to the Muslim world during his tenure, particularly during the past year as negotiations with Iran have intensified and conflict with the Islamic State has escalated. But what Kerry has not said during the past twelve months is also significant. A review of the secretary's official remarks and statements noting special dates on Islamic, Perisan, and Arab calendars shows a sharp contrast to his relative silence on Christian and Jewish occasions.

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On Being Jewish and French

8:02 AM, Jan 12, 2015

Tablet has one of the best articles I've seen from Paris, capturing the mood of French Jews--and the meaning for them of the state of Israel. Here are excerpts:

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A Modesty Proposal

New York City’s half-baked inquisition.
Feb 03, 2014

In recent years, the Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg has acquired a reputation as one of America’s most progressive hipster outposts. In addition to the waves of Manhattan refugees who have relocated here, the area gets no shortage of visitors. Most of the visitors, however, don’t venture down Lee Avenue—main street for the Satmar Hasidic Jewish enclave. 

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Patriarch of Identity

Who is Jacob, and what does he mean?
Mar 18, 2013


Jacob dreams of ladders. A romantic reading of his story would see the ladder as a metaphor of ascent. This child who begins as a deceiver ends surrounded by his children, and is brought back home to Israel for burial. A preacher would tie it up (as many have) with a nice didactic bow.

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Between the Lines

What is the meaning, and intent, of Hebrew Scripture?
Jan 28, 2013

Yoram Hazony is frustrated. A scholar at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem, he has sought to bring Judaism in conversation with Western thought. The West, he believes, has not returned the favor.

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Atheist of the Book

A grand old man of letters meets the literature of Judaism.
Nov 26, 2012



Many years ago, Will Herberg spoke of “cut-flower ethics.” He argued that, once unmoored from the religious soil that nurtured them, ethical principles would endure for a while, but would ultimately wither. To assume otherwise is to mistakenly dismiss the catalyzing effect that the idea of God has had on ethical motivation throughout 

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Attic Treasure

A document dump for ten centuries of Jewish history
Oct 08, 2012

When Alice fell through her Oxford rabbit hole in 1865, she landed in a world in which the hidden elements of her imagination took on an oppressive materiality.

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More on Obama's Meeting with Jewish Leaders

10:54 AM, Jun 01, 2012

Haaretz reported that in a private meeting with Jewish leaders earlier this week, President Obama said (in the Israeli paper's words) he "probably knows about Judaism more than any other president." Now, Ron Kampeas has more details of the meeting "

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Rabbis Side with Catholics, Urge Obama to Drop Mandate

11:19 AM, May 24, 2012

On May 7, 2012, the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA), the largest organization of rabbis in the United States, approved a resolution recognizing that the Health and Human Services (HHS) regulation that mandates employers provide access to contraceptives, abortifacient drugs, and sterilizations forces many employers to “violate the injunctions of their religion.” The RCA, which represents more than 1,000 Orthodox rabbis, urged the Obama administration to amend the regulation to protect the religious liberties of all employers.

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MSNBC Slanders John Hagee

12:14 PM, Sep 01, 2011

On his nightly television show recently, MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell said that Texas governor Rick Perry is not suitable to be president of the United States because of his connection to one man — Pastor John Hagee of San Antonio, Texas.

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Play Ball

That’s what they did, and that’s all that matters.
Apr 18, 2011

Hank Greenberg
The Hero Who Didn’t Want to Be One
by Mark Kurlansky

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