Jews, the Hebrew Bible, and the American Founding

Jan. 17 2018

In conversation with Ben Domenech, Meir Soloveichik speaks about his own career in the rabbinate, the current threats to religious freedom in America, and the role not just of the Hebrew Bible and Judaism but also of actual Jews in shaping the vision of the Founding Fathers. Drawing on material he uses in his online course, he explains how the book of Samuel and its rabbinic interpretations influenced Thomas Paine’s seminal pamphlet Common Sense and describes the audacious letter from a Philadelphian Jew that contributed to the Constitution’s understanding of religious liberty. (Audio, 58 minutes.)

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More about: American founding, American Jewish History, Freedom of Religion, Hebrew Bible, History & Ideas

How Palestinian Authority Incitement Led to the Murder of an Israeli Jogger

Jan. 15 2021

On December 20, a Palestinian waited in a wooded area near a Jewish village in northern Israel in the hope of encountering a victim. Soon enough he spotted Esther Horgan walking home from an evening jog and killed her by beating her with a rock. He later told the police that he did the deed to avenge the death of Kamal Abu Wa’er, a terrorist in Israeli custody. Itamar Marcus explains:

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More about: Anti-Semitism, Fatah, Palestinian Authority, Palestinian terror