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Friday, September 19

Some National Reconciliation

At a conference in Tunisia, Khaled Meshal revealed Hamas’s postwar strategy. It includes infiltrating the West Bank leadership to order to wrest control from within.

Israel’s New Minority

Israel’s Aramean-Christians have finally won official recognition as a community distinct from the Arab-Muslim minority. “I have no words,” says their grateful spiritual leader.

Treyf but Sabbath-Observant

Chick-fil-A, the controversial restaurant chain, adheres strictly to a Jewish idea: a weekly day of rest, observed at the expense of profit.

Can the High Holy Days be Celebrated Alone?

The cornerstone of modern society is the individual. Judaism’s prayers and rituals, especially at this time of year, are designed to fulfill the individual’s abiding need for community.

Thursday, September 18

The End of the Charade

First, UN workers in Gaza were used as human shields by Hamas. Now, UN peacekeepers are using IDF soldiers as their own human shields.

Anti-Israel by Instinct

Why can’t the editor of the Economist imagine that Henry Kissinger would support Israel on either personal, moral, or rational grounds? Because he wouldn’t.

Israel and American Jews Revisited

A Jewish intellectual and a rabbi discuss the future of diaspora Jewry, the possibilities of secular Jewish culture, and the ways in which Israel has changed Judaism. (Video, 82 minutes)

Child Sacrifice, Hamas-style

Hamas’ leaders, like Yasir Arafat before them, have made the mistake of believing their own lies. And so they, again like Arafat, will prosper, while their people suffer.

Israel before the Israelites

Archaeological findings in Israel date back more than 10,000 years. Can they help us understand the context of biblical history, and if so, how?

Wednesday, September 17

Connecting the Dots

Angela Merkel’s recent speech was a rare acknowledgment that anti-Zionism, anti-Semitism, and anti-democracy are all symptoms of the same disease.

Scribal Error

The furor over the 19th-century “discovery” of an ancient fragment of Deuteronomy says much about the influence on scholarship of scholars’ ideas, prejudices, and worldviews.

Just One War

From Nigeria to Iraq, from Gaza to Birmingham, the source of the threat to civilization is all of a piece. 

Still Guilty after All These Years

Miriam Moskowitz helped her boyfriend spy for the Soviets. Sixty years later, she still insists on her innocence, and the rightness of her cause.

Loyalty and Dissent

Protests intended to result in healthy democratic change are necessary and salutary. The recent protest by Israeli intelligence reservists is of a different type: political grandstanding.

Tuesday, September 16

How IS Sees Itself

Unlike al-Qaeda, the “Caliphate” places priority not on global terrorism but on establishing and consolidating a state. Hence it defers the clash with the West to a later stage.

A Rigged Game

At the root of the Western media’s animus against Israel are laziness, a herd mentality, and, not least, latent hostility toward Jews. (Interview by Dafna Maor)

In Defense of Targeted Killings

The former head of the NSA and CIA discusses American-Israeli cooperation, the Iranian nuclear program, the war on terror, and other matters. (Interview by Ronen Bergman)

Theocracy, No

In an effort to expand its voter base, Israel’s leading religious-Zionist party will now welcome non-religious members and support their candidacy for national office.

The World’s Oldest Siddur

On exhibit in Jerusalem is a 9th-century prayer book with portions of the Sabbath prayers, hymns, and the Haggadah. It is from the collection of the founders of Hobby Lobby.

Monday, September 15

Unsavory Bedfellows

On a run-in with a key benefactor of In Defense of Christians—and supporter of the Iranian axis; or, how a noble cause becomes entangled with those who stand with murderers.

Call for Recusal

William Schabas has been appointed head of the UN inquiry into the Gaza war. His record as an Israel-hater makes further mockery of an already fatally compromised proceeding.

“Disproportionate!”

These days, the word is used almost exclusively to describe any action, defensive or responsive, by Israel. Can someone point me in the direction of a proportionate war?

The Crusaders’ Jerusalem

During its 90-year reign, the “Latin Kingdom” rehabilitated ancient landmarks and built and rebuilt churches, leaving an enduring mark on the city’s architecture.

Johnny Cash, Christian Zionist

For the country-music giant, the land of Israel was both religiously symbolic and a real place whose people needed moral and political support.
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Yadlin

What Now for Israel?

What Now for the United States?
How America can help the new Arab-Israel alliance to resist IS and stabilize the Middle East.
By Michael Doran

Laufer

Holidays

Remembrance of Trumpets Past
Rosh Hashanah as described in the Torah looks very different from the Rosh Hashanah we know today. What happened, and what exactly are we celebrating?
by Nathan Laufer

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Karski

The Holocaust

A Tree Grows in Lublin
Remembering Jan Karski, the Pole who told FDR to his face about the Holocaust, and still wondered if he'd done enough.
By Joshua Muravchik

Freundel Wertheimer

Can Modern Orthodoxy Survive?

The Unresolved Dilemmas of Modern Orthodoxy
Everyone agrees that the movement needs to rethink and revamp. Very few agree on how.
By Jack Wertheimer

Fiddler

Tevye Betrayed

What’s Wrong with Fiddler on the Roof
Fifty years on, no work by or about Jews has won American hearts so thoroughly. So what's my problem?
By Ruth R. Wisse

Horn Surnames

What's In A Name

Jewish Surnames [Supposedly] Explained
“Dara, you’ll love this!” Actually, I don’t.
by Dara Horn

Benjamin

The Intellectual Scene

The Walter Benjamin Brigade
How an original but maddeningly opaque German Jewish intellectual became a thriving academic industry.
by Walter Laqueur

Golinkin

Conservative and Orthodox

The Crisis in Jewish Law Today
Orthodox rabbis need to stop worrying about 200-year-old battles with “Reformers” and allow Jewish law to develop organically, as it did in the past.
By David Golinkin

Kook

History

Abraham Isaac Kook Receives the Call
For a visionary rabbi in London, the Balfour Declaration of 1917 signified nothing less than the advent of the messianic era.
by Yehudah Mirsky

Gurfinkiel

The Situation in Europe

You Only Live Twice
Vibrant Jewish communities were reborn in Europe after the Holocaust. Is there a future for them in the 21st century?
by Michel Gurfinkiel

Degenerate Art

The Art World

Degenerate Art and the Jewish Grandmother
The story of the family behind the Nazi-era art trove.
By Walter Laqueur

Wertheimer

The September Essay

Intermarriage: Can Anything Be Done?
A half-century after the rate of intermarriage in the US began to skyrocket, the Jewish community appears to have resigned itself to the inevitable. But to declare defeat is preposterous.
by Jack Wertheimer

Aharon L

The Rabbinic World

Who Is Aharon Lichtenstein?
Introducing the extraordinary rabbi who next week will receive Israel’s highest honor.
By Elli Fischer

Rubinstein

Yom Hashoah

Making Amends
A mysterious request leads the Canadian-born son of a Holocaust survivor back to the old country.
by Robert Eli Rubinstein