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Thursday, April 10

Outrage at Brandeis

By revoking its conferral of an honorary degree on the heroic human-rights campaigner Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Jewish university has betrayed its core mission. Hirsi Ali's response

Lessons from Crimea

Acquiescing in Russian aggression, as the West has done, is wholly incompatible with the defense of democracy, to which the West professes attachment.   

Railway to Auschwitz?

Did the French national railroad company collaborate in the deportation of French Jews to their deaths? 

Common Story

Once a year, during the seder, everyone is at the table, including the evil son—an important message for a people at frequent risk of fraying. 

Censorship in London

At the British Library, you can access many websites run by Islamic terrorist organizations. Just don’t try visiting one on the dangers of Islamism.

Wednesday, April 9

Truman Falsified

The latest book seeking to turn liberals against Israel relies on an erroneous and morally obtuse reading of how America came to support the Zionist enterprise. 

Arming our Enemies

Permitting American corporations to sell airplane parts to Iran for “civilian” purposes, Washington has conceded something of great value—for nothing in return.

Obscenely Obscure

How did a former Nazi collaborator and con artist persuade an important segment of the academic world that he was a literary genius?   

“H” is for Hebrew

For American Jewish soldiers in Europe, World War II “dog-tags” posed an extra source of peril. According to Jewish religious law, were they free to conceal, or falsify, their identity?

God in History

God created the universe, and God delivered Israel from Egypt; through the storytelling of the Haggadah, Passover bridges the transcendental and experiential sides of Jewish life.

Tuesday, April 8

Putin’s Scapegoats

Whom do Ukrainian Jews have to fear? In their own telling, they are being used as pawns in a Russian propaganda war.

Syrian Nightmare

An opponent of Assad returns home from prison to find the rebellion captured by Islamists. “When I saw what I saw, I wished they hadn’t released me.”

Two German Philosophers

Leo Strauss and Martin Heidegger were both critics of modernity. One defended liberal democracy; the other sought to destroy it. 

Marriage and the State

Should rabbis and priests remove themselves from the civil-marriage business in order to avoid state coercion or persecution? A roundtable discussion.

Festival of Freedom

Uniquely in ancient history, the Israelites after their liberation did not attempt to enslave their enemies. 

Monday, April 7

Enough Blackmail

Having sabotaged the peace talks, and failed to meet the main test of statehood, the Palestinian Authority cannot be allowed to continue waging diplomatic war.

Mother of Arches

Destroyed by earthquake in 749 C.E., a now-excavated synagogue in the Golan Heights testifies to the immense sophistication of talmudic-era Jewish life.

Flood-time

Some viewers have charged the movie Noah with being unfaithful to Genesis; more offensive is its portrait of a demonically cruel God.

In Search of Jewish Spain

Despite their forced public Catholicism, some 15th-century conversos doggedly kept Jewish ritual practice alive—a family odyssey.

Pass the Lentils?

Ashkenazi Jews are forbidden to eat kitniyot—rice, corn, and legumes—on Passover, while Sephardim are permitted. Why?

Friday, April 4

Why Peace Talks Collapsed—Again

At the heart of the impasse lies a fundamental asymmetry: Israelis seek an accommodation with Palestinians; no comparable imperative exists on the other side.

From Neo-Nazi to Jew

Until recently, Csanád Szegedi was a prominent anti-Semitic extremist in Hungary. Discovering he was Jewish has set him on a path to repentance.

Missing Menachem Begin

One of the special talents of the right-wing leader and Israeli prime minister was his ability to connect Zionism with traditional Judaism.

Against Religious Education?

Religious schools save New York taxpayers billions, yet the state legislature has dropped a tax-relief measure for parents with children in religious schools. Why?

Holiest of Holies

The Song of Songs, the Bible’s most profound meditation on love, projects a Judaism of lived experience, not abstract principle. (2010.)
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Does America Still Have It?

Terminal Sclerosis
Can American innovation survive the paralysis of American government? A reply to my respondents.
By Charles Murray

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Does America Still Have It?

Fear of Falling
How global competition can spur technological innovation and keep America (and Israel) dynamic.
by Walter Russell Mead

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The Love of Their Youth
The Song of Songs and the old men, filled with longing, who sing it.
by Atar Hadari

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

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It's Not Just Ukraine
What his actions in Eastern Europe tell us about how Vladimir Putin sees the Middle East.
by Michael Doran

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Evangelicals and Israel
What do evangelicals really think about the Jewish people, what are the roots of their Christian Zionism—and what is now driving a growing number away from wholehearted support of Israel.
by Robert W. Nicholson

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

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

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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

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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