As Modern Orthodoxy Turns Inward, Ultra-Orthodoxy Reaches Out

Aug. 10 2015

Such is the paradoxical conclusion of Adam Ferziger, author of a new book on American Orthodox Judaism in the past half-century. In an exchange with Alan Brill, he writes:

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More about: American Jewry, History & Ideas, Judaism, Modern Orthodoxy, Ultra-Orthodox, Yeshiva University

Despite Opposition from the Taliban, Islamic State Is Thriving in Afghanistan

According to Taliban officials, Islamic State’s Afghanistan offshoot (known as the “Khorasan province,” or ISKP) has but a negligible presence. American diplomats, for their part, have claimed that the new jihadist government in Kabul can provide a bulwark against the group, which opposes what it sees as the Taliban’s relative religious moderation. But, Oved Lobel argues, the evidence supports neither interpretation:

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More about: ISIS, Taliban, Terrorism, U.S. Foreign policy