What a Recent Novel on Modern Orthodox Teenage Rebels Lacks

In his debut novel, the Orchard, David Hopen tells the story of Ari Eden, a seventeen-year-old student at a Modern Orthodox prep school in suburban Florida who falls in with some rebellious classmates. Here, as Michal Leibowitz writes in her review, Ari encounters “a world of opulence, debauchery, and ambition,” complete with “drinking, of course, and drugs and girls.” Hopen adds to this mix a charismatic classmate who entertains Kabbalah-tinged heresies. Leibowitz assesses the book’s strengths, and its weaknesses:

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How the NGO-Terror Alliance Turned Human Rights into a Scam

Oct. 27 2021

Last Friday, the Israeli defense minister Benny Gantz announced the designation of six Palestinian organizations as terrorist groups due to their deep entanglements with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), which has been committing murderous attacks since 1968. Both the EU and several European states have provided funds to the recently proscribed organizations. A decade ago, pro-Israel activists even supplied the European Union with information, for a long time ignored, about the links between these groups and the PFLP. Members of one group—the Union of Agricultural Work Committees—murdered the seventeen-year-old Rina Shnerb in 2019. Jonathan Tobin writes:

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More about: Human Rights, NGO, Palestinian terror, PFLP, United Nations, US-Israel relations