Reason, Revelation, and Leo Strauss’s Jewish Commitments

Jan. 15 2018

The German Jewish political philosopher Leo Strauss  (1899-1973) sought in his many works both to reanimate and to transform the study of the Western political tradition. Using her own assessment of Strauss’s career, as well as one written by Milton Himmelfarb in 1974, as her points of departure, Leora Batnitzky clears up some common misconceptions about his ideas and delves into what he saw as the primary tension in Western philosophy: that between reason and revelation. She then explores the distinctively Jewish aspects of his understanding of revelation, and suggests that he believed Judaism and Islam, in contradistinction to Christianity, shared much in their approach to law and revelation. (Interview by Alan Rubenstein. Audio, 34 minutes. Options for download and streaming are available at the link below.)

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More about: History & Ideas, Islam, Judaism, Leo Strauss, Reason, Revelation

When Jews, and Jewish Institutions, Give Cover to Anti-Semites

June 22 2021

During the recent round of fighting between Israel and Hamas, a few left-wing members of Congress not only condemned the Jewish state, but repeated libelous claims about “attacks” on al-Aqsa mosque. Worse still, their rhetoric seemed to imply, in classic anti-Semitic fashion, that Israel is not just a particularly problematic country, but one somehow at the root of all the world’s other problems. Seth Mandel writes:

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More about: ADL, Anti-Semitism, Anti-Zionism, Chuck Schumer, Congress